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Sean Combs 

Sean Combs

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Season 3, Episode 7: Family Reunions

Sean Combs is the definition of a mogul. As the Chairman and CEO of Combs Enterprises, he has a diverse portfolio of businesses and investments covering the music, fashion, fragrance, beverage, marketing, film, television, and media industries with companies such as Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, Sean John, Combs Wine & Spirits, Aquahydrate, The Blue Flame Agency, REVOLT Films and REVOLT MEDIA & TV.

Born on November 4th, 1969 in Harlem, NY, Combs’ work ethic and entrepreneurial drive started at a young age – he had two paper delivery routes, worked at a gas station, as a busboy at a Mexican restaurant, and even operated a lemonade stand. Following high school, Combs studied business and administration at Howard University, where he began interning at Uptown Records. Quickly climbing the label’s ranks, Combs was promoted to Director of A&R and scouting, where he was integral in launching the careers of Mary J Blige and Jodeci. He then began his own label, Bad Boys, whose first release, Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, became the foundation for influential hip hop. In over two decades, Bad Boy Records and Combs created a new niche within the hip-hop genre, fostering superstar talent that includes Mariah Carey, New Edition, Method Man, Babyface, TLC, Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim, SWV, Maria Carey, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and FaithEvans.

Combs’ solo music career began in 1997 with his first single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” which shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, quickly followed by a #1 debut album that has gone Platinum seven times. This Grammy-winning debut was just the start of Combs’ massive career, which has garnered countless number one records, 3 Grammy Awards, and ASCAP’s ‘Songwriter of the Year’ honor.

Not only has Combs left his mark on the music industry, but he has proven to be an influential sartorial force.

In 1998, Combs launched Sean John which brought his vision of urban streetwear to the mainstream men’s clothing market. The men’s sportswear line debuted in the spring of 1999 and was an enormous and immediate success, attracting a wealth of customers and earning admiration from the fashion world. In 2000, the Council of Fashion Designers of America nominated Combs as menswear design of the year – confirming Sean John Clothing as an apparel label of merit. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious “Perry Ellis Menswear Designer of the Year Award” from the Council of Fashion Designers of America(CFDA).

In addition to clothing and accessories, Combs has launched four fragrances under the brand, including Unforgivable, which quickly became the number one selling fragrance across America when it was released, Unforgivable Woman, I Am King, and his newest scent, 3AM, which launched in 2015.

Aside from his musical and franchise ventures, Combs also made his acting debut in 2001 in Made. He has since appeared in more than a dozen films, including Draft Day, Muppets Most Wanted, Training Day, Get Him to the Greek, Carlito’s Way, and Monsters Ball. In 2007, Combs played the leading role in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway and reprised the role in a television adaptation for ABC, which he also executive produced for ABC. The movie was nominated for three Emmy Awards, and Combs won an NAACP Awards for Best Actor for his role in the film.

Combs is also recognized for his role as both a television and film producer. In 2003, he teamed up with MTV to find the next big hip-hop group with Making the Band II which aired for three seasons. This was followed by a new installment of the hit show with Making the Band III in spring 2005, when he was in search of an all-girl group. Combs has also partnered with HBO on a number of television ventures including the series “P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy” which premiered in June 2005 and featured the hottest up-and-coming urban comedians performing in front of a live audience. Additionally, Combs was an executive producer on the Academy Award winning documentary, Undefeated in 2012 and as executive producer of the Oscar-nominated, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in 2013. He has several film projects currently indevelopment.

In 2007, Combs partnered with Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, on a revolutionary strategic alliance to oversee and manage all branding and marketing initiatives for Ciroc Vodka. In 2013, Combs Wine & Spirits launched, and shortly thereafter, Combs partnered with Diageo on the acquisition of luxury tequila brand DeLeón. Closely following his partnership with Diageo, Combs joined forces with actor/producer Mark Wahlberg to launch a new joint venture with fitness and wellness water brand, AQUAhydrate.

It was also in 2013 that Sean Combs launched his own music television network, REVOLT, which has been touted as his most ambitious project to date. The project is a groundbreaking partnership with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable television provider, and continues to be a driving force in music and culture.

Combs applies the same drive and entrepreneurial spirit that has defined his entertainment and business success to his philanthropic work and political activism. He raised more than $2 million for New York City public schools and children suffering from HIV and AIDS by competing in the New York City Marathon. He has supported organizations including the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Boys & Girls Club, and other organizations that create opportunities for young people. He has served on the board of the Hip Hop Action Network and rallied millions of young people to register to vote and vote during the 2008 election through his Vote or Dieproject.

Sean Combs lives in Los Angeles and is the proud father of six children.

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