Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Combs was born in Harlem and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding Bad Boy Records in late 1993. He signed, among others, The Notorious B.I.G. and greatly profited from the success of the artists he signed. He released his debut album No Way Out in 1997, which has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by the successful albums Forever (1999), The Saga Continues... (2001) and Press Play (2006).
Combs has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards and is the producer of a show on MTV called Making the Band. His non-music business ventures include the clothing lines Sean John and "Sean by Sean Combs", a movie production company, and two restaurants. In 2018, Forbes estimated Combs' net worth at $855 million, making him the second richest figure in hip hop at the time behind Jay-Z.