Born on the 4th of November, 1969, Sean Comb has worked with artists like Biggie Smalls, Mariah Carey and Mary. J. Blige. In 1993, he launched his first music production called Bad Boy Entertainment. After Biggie’s murder in 1997, Sean Combs recorded “I’ll Be Missing You” as a tribute which topped the billboard singles chart and launched his first album to platinum status.
Comb’s father was murdered in 1974 and he was raised by his model mother. He grew up in New York and studied in a Catholic boys school. When he was in high school, he was given the nickname “Puffy” because of his habit to puff out his chest. His other nicknames were “Diddy”, “P.Diddy” and “Puff Daddy”.
He attended Howard University and majored in business administration. While attending classes, he used to run an airport shuttle service and also produced weekly dance parties. Later, he dropped out so he could pursue an internship at Uptown Records and became a talent director. It didn’t take him long to attain the position of vice president. But in the 1990s, he left the company.
Bad Boy Entertainment was started in 1993 giving him chance to work with some of the established artists. He became very popular and was even named as ASCAP’s “Songwriter of the Year” in 1996. In 1997, he made a deal with Arista Records after he had made over $100 million in recordings. His album “No Way Out” was launched to platinum status after the murder of his friend Biggie Smalls.
His second album was released in 1999 and titled “Forever”. It was the same year he launched a clothing line in America and named it “Sean John”.
In late 1999, it was alleged that Sean Combs and singer and actress Jennifer Lopez who was his girlfriend at that time were involved in a New York shooting incident. The incident happened in a nightclub in which three people suffered injuries. Combs was charged with a single count of bribery and four counts of illegal possession of weapons. His trial began in January 2001 and in March, he and his bodyguard were cleared of all charges.
It was Comb’s protégé who was found guilty of firing inside the nightclub in which three people were hurt. Although he was cleared of the charges of attempted murder, he was found guilty of criminal weapon possession, reckless endangerment and assault.
In 2002, he released “We Invented The Remix and Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary… The Hits” was released two years later.
In 2002, he was ranked 12th on Fortune Magazine’s “Top 40 Entrepreneurs under 40”. According to Forbes magazine, his earnings for 2012 were estimated at $45 million which ranked him 15th against musicians. His estimated net worth in 2013 was $580 million.