MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Mount Vernon’s Sean John Combs.
Combs, who grew up in Mount Vernon, turns 45 on Tuesday.
Combs, a rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur, was born Nov. 4, 1969 in Harlem. He is known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Diddy and P. Diddy.
He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding Bad Boy Records in 1993. He signed The Notorious B.I.G. and 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 successful albums such as "Forever" (1999), "The Saga Continues ..." (2001) and "Press Play" (2006). In 2009, Combs formed the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album "Last Train to Paris" (2009).
Combs has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and is the producer of MTV's "Making the Band." In 2014, Forbes estimated Combs' net worth at $700 million, making him the richest figure in hip-hop at the time.
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