Sean Combs is a singer, record executive, producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Having gotten his start in the entertainment industry in the early 90s, he has a number of records under his belt, along with over 123 acting gigs, from music videos to featured films.
However, it’s not just his work in the entertainment industry that impacted his financial success, Sean Combs’s net worth is also impacted by his clothing line, entrepreneurial endeavors, and real estate investments,
Also known as Puff Daddy, Combs produced and paved the way for artists like Mary J. Blige, the Notorious B.I.G., and Usher. The list is long for Combs’s accolades and recognitions, ranging from MTV Video Music Awards to Grammy Awards. Read on to discover Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’s most successful projects and follow his career from the start until the present day.
American rapper Sean John Combs was born in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood on November 4, 1969. His parents, Janice and Melvin Earl Combs, raised him in Mount Vernon.
Combs’s mother was a model and a teacher’s assistant. Meanwhile, his father used to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Additionally, his dad also became an associate of New York’s convicted drug dealer Frank Lucas. When his father was shot to death at Central Park West, Sean was two.
Sean, Diddy to some, finished high school at Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1987. The Puff nickname dates back to his childhood when people called him such, as he used to huff and puff when angry.
In college, he majored in business at Howard University but discontinued after his sophomore year. He returned to the same university in 2014 and received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities. In a similar event, he delivered the 146th Commencement Address.
Sean Combs started as an intern at Uptown Record in 1990. He worked as a talent director, and while doing so, he helped develop Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. After leaving Uptown, Combs partnered his new label Bad Boy Entertainment with Arista Records.
In 1997, Combs started going by the ‘Puff Daddy’ nickname. He recorded his first commercial vocal work as a rapper. The song Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down, his debut single, spent 28 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sean Combs’s net worth would continue to be impacted by his succeeding albums. This includes the album No Way Out through the Bad Boy Records label. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 during the first week of its release. The single I’ll Be Missing You, which is one of the five songs in the album, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven straight weeks globally.
Consequently, the album gained five nominations at the 40th Grammy Awards and eventually won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Combs made another stage name. From Puff Daddy to P. Diddy in 2001. The album The Saga Continues was the final album released under the joint venture with Combs’s label and Arista Records. Also, it is the first album where Combs did not feature any guest appearances by Lil Kim or Jay-Z.
He continued to produce songs and albums throughout his career. Just recently, Combs announced another startup record label called Love Records. Additionally, they signed a one-album recording deal with American record label Motown.
Acting is also Combs’s forte, appearing in Hawaii Five-0 season one and playing an NYPD detective in 2011. The following year, he also appeared in one episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s eighth season.
Also contributing to Sean Combs’s net worth are his real estate investments. Early in his career, Combs purchased several properties, including a $2.45 million house in East Hampton. This was where he held the famous White Party. In 2020, he sold the property for $4.7 million.
Additionally, Combs owns a home in L.A. and another property on Miami’s Star Island, valued at $35 million.
With his ventures, in 2002, Fortune magazine ranked him number twelve on the top 40 entrepreneurs under 40. In the years since, Combs has continued to diversify his investments. He’s acted in a number of films and television series and even had his own reality show in 2008 on VH1 called I Want to Work for Diddy.
In 1998, Combs started his clothing company “Sean John”. In 2016, he sold a majority stake in the company to Global Brands Group Holding Ltd., a holding company specializing in celebrity apparel lines. However, the company filed for bankruptcy in July of 2021, which resulted in “Sean John” being up for auction. In December 2021, Combs repurchased the company at auction for $7.551 million.
Additionally, Combs helped grow the Ciroc vodka company, and he reportedly receives 50% of the brand’s profits. He also owns a major stake in Revolt TV and has a majority holding in the beverage company, Aquahydrate, which Mark Wahlberg and businessman Ronald Burkle have also invested in.
TMZ reported that Combs invested over $10 million into Elon Musk’s $44 billion Twitter bid, as Combs believed in Musk’s vision for the social media platform. A source told TMZ that Combs makes investment decisions around getting a seat at the table to represent.
Combs wasn’t alone in his investment in Musk’s Twitter vision. Other investors are rumored to have included Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Additionally, in November 2022, Combs made a significant play at becoming the primary African-American player in the cannabis industry. He has a pending deal for production and retail outlets in Chicago, New York, and Massachusetts.
The deal, reportedly worth up to $185 million, has Combs buying the assets being spun off from Cresco Labs as a part of its acquisition of Columbia Care, a former competitor.
“My mission has always been to create opportunities for Black entrepreneurs in industries where we’ve traditionally been denied access, and this acquisition provides the immediate scale and impact needed to create a more equitable future in cannabis,” Combs said in a statement Cresco provided.
“Owning the entire process – from growing and manufacturing to marketing, retail, and wholesale distribution – is a historic win for the culture that will allow us to empower diverse leaders throughout the ecosystem and be bold advocates for inclusion.” Combs continues.
The sale involves $110 million in cash and $45 million in seller financing. The deal could be worth an additional $40 million if Combs reaches the performance targets.
Being one of the highest-paid rappers in the industry, Combs is also committed to helping his community. Daddy’s House Social Programs was an organization founded by Combs to cater to inner-city youth. The program included summer camps, tutoring, and life skills classes.
Besides the foundation, he also donated $1 million to victims of Hurricane Katrina. He gave another $1 million to Howard University to fund the Sean Combs Scholarship.
With his efforts, he accepted the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, which rapper Kanye West presented. In the same event, he announced that he would donate $1 million each to Jackson State University and Howard University.
Sean Combs has six children; his eldest was born in 1993 to Misa Hylton-Brim, a designer. Combs and the late Kimberly Porter dated for thirteen years. He adopted Porter’s son, Quincy, before having their son and twin daughters.
Five months before the birth of his twin daughters, Sarah Chapman gave birth to Combs’s daughter Chance.
Sean Combs’s Net Worth 2022
In 2015, Forbes reported Combs’s annual revenue to be around $60 million. As of 2022, Sean Combs’s net worth is estimated at $900 million. While his work in the entertainment industry certainly impacts his net worth, the majority of his financial success comes from his entrepreneurial endeavors.
Combs has two television series in the works, both currently untitled. One of those is a comedy with ABC television network. It will follow a small-town girl as she lands a job working as an assistant to a street-educated billionaire business mogul. She finds herself almost immediately thrown into a foreign world of extravagance, debauchery, and adventure.
Additionally, Combs has a project in the works with Starz along with Fat Joe. The series is still in its early stages, as Starz has just ordered the pilot.