What’s in a name? He has been known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Diddy, but Sean Combs has found success every which way. The rapper is also a record producer, media executive, musician, actor and businessman. He has a net worth of $550 million, making him the richest person in the hip hop genre.
Born in Harlem in New York, Combs first started working at Uptown Records. In 1993, he branched out on his own and established Bad Boy Records. His most notable signing was The Notorious B.I.G. These deals made Combs a rich man, as he was able to immensely profit from the success of his artists. Combs had an active hand in most of the records, joining in regularly to adlib on the song tracks and to dance in the music videos.
After the death of The Notorious B.I.G., Combs released his first album entitled “No Way Out.” The album was an instant success and was certified to be seven times platinum. The follow-up albums also sold well, including “Forever” in 1999, “The Saga Continues…” in 2001 and “Press Play” in 2006. He also headlined a group called Diddy – Dirty Money. The group released an album in 2009 called “Last Train to Paris.” The album proved to be both a critical darling and a commercial success.
He is currently the producer of the MTV show called “Making the Band.” Aside from three Grammy Awards and two MTV Music video Awards, Combs has also won an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America for his clothing line called “Sean by Sean Combs.” He also has another clothing line called Sean John. He also bought a line of clothing from Liz Claiborne for $20 million called Enyce. He is also credited for the design of the alternate jersey being used by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
Combs also used to own Justin’s, a restaurant named after his son. It had outlets in New York City and Atlanta, though the restaurants closed down in September 2007 and June 2012, respectively. He has also announced plans to open a business school in New York.
He is also a perfume designer, creating a brand called “I Am King” under the Sean John line. The perfume is actually a fragrance for men, with Combs dedicating it to Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Combs also has an impressive collection of vehicles. Among his prized possessions are the following:
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
The Lamborghini Gallardo is a super car that boasts of a 5.2-liter V10 engine and six-speed transmission. The car was introduced in 2003, with the first models coming out in 2004. It is named after a famous line of fighting bulls and is the most-produced Lamborghini model to date. It is the car company’s leader when it comes to sales and serves as a more basic Lamborghini model alongside the Murcielago, which was built from 2001 to 2011, to the Aventador, the current main model of the Italian automaker. It is the successor to the old Lamborghini Jalpa. Diddy has a silver version of this supercar. He also gave his old white Gallardo Spyder to pop sensation Justin Bieber as a gift for the latter’s 16th birthday in 2010. The car costs $300,000.
In 1997, a concept car called the Benz Maybach was introduced in the Tokyo Motor Show. The concept was based on the S-Class sedan of Mercedes Benz. The car was built by DaimlerChrysler AG to compete against the Arnage of Bentley and the Rolls Royce Phantom of BMW. The company had earlier tried to buy Rolls Royce and Bentley, but they were defeated in the bidding by Volkswagen. BMW eventually took control of the Rolls Royce brand after exercising its option to buy the British icon.
Maybach was then revived by DaimlerChrysler AG, which is now known as simply Daimler AG. Two models were released, the Maybach 62 and the Maybach 57. The Maybach 57 boasts of a 5.5-liter V12 engine. It also has a five-speed automatic transmission. It is the direct descendant of the Mercedes Benz 600.
Poor sales and consistent figures in the red, however, forced the company to shut down production of the vehicle in 2013. The Mercedes Benz W222 will replace this. While observers note that Mercedes failed to differentiate the Maybach from the other Mercedes Benz vehicles, company officials concluded that they would be better off selling cars under the Mercedes brand than that of Maybach.
The Maybach 57 was Diddy’s gift to his son. The gift came with a chaffeur in uniform as his son was not yet old enough to get a license. While critics noted the extravagance of the gift, Diddy argued that his son was an honor student and deserved an award. Besides, he noted that no one could tell him what rules to follow on how to raise his own children. It has already been involved in an accident when it was rear ended by a Rolls Royce Phantom outside a nightclub in New York City.
The car cost $360,000.
Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a handmade convertible that is manufactured in the United Kingdom. While it is based on the platform of the 2003 Rolls Royce Phantom, its styling can be traced to that of the 100EX, a concept car that the company developed in 2004 to celebrate its 100th year. The two-door luxury vehicle can comfortably seat up to four passengers. It has a 6,749 cc, V12 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. It uses the iDrive system that was developed by BMW, its parent firm. The iconic Rolls Royce ornament on the hood, called the Spirit of Ecstasy, can be retracted whenever the driver chooses or whenever the car is locked. It has backward opening coach doors. It is the most expensive Rolls Royce currently in the market. Diddy has a white colored version of this that he uses regularly. The car costs $440,000.