- Producer, label head, rapper, actor and all-round entertainment mogul, P Diddy (whose real name is Sean Combs) turned 50 years old yesterday
- Combs has been involved in the hip-hop and soul game for so long, it's hard to imagine a time when he didn't have his finger in every pie in the genre
- Combs's rise to fame and fortune is both intriguing and inspiring
These are five interesting facts that Briefly.co.za uncovered about Combs.
Combs was born on 4 November, 1969 in the Harlem neighbourhood of New York City.
He was raised by his mother after his father was murdered in a drug deal gone bad back in 1974.
Combs went to an all boys' Catholic school in the Bronx neighbourhood of New York.
He majored in business administration at Howard University, where he produced weekly dance parties and ran an airport shuttle service to make extra money while attending classes.
Combs dropped out of university to pursue an internship with the Uptown Records record label. He rose quickly up the ranks to the level of vice president.
In the early 1990s, Combs left Uptown Records to start his own record and management label, Bad Boy Entertainment.
There he worked with a range of artists from Mariah Carey, Method Man, Babyface, TLC and Faith Evans to New Edition, SWV, Aretha Franklin and Biggie Smalls.
From there, he's expanded his brands to include clothing brands, liquor brands, acting, media network ownership and much more.
4. Net Worth
In 2017, Combs's nett worth was estimated at over R12 billion.
Combs has dated a number of high-profile women including actress Jennifer Lopez, singer Cassie Ventura and socialite Lori Harvey.
His longest relationship was with model Kim Porter. The two were even engaged at one point. Tragically, she passed away in November last year from pneumonia.
Combs hasn't married so far, but he has been blessed with six beautiful children.
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