NEW YORK, New York — Forbes named Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs one of the 100 entrepreneurs and visionaries it will be honoring with their “100 Greatest Business Minds” list.
“I started my business career at age 12, delivering newspapers, Combs said to Forbes Magazine. “I had a lot of elderly customers, so I would always put the newspaper in between the screen door and the door — that caring made me different, made me better than the last paperboy. Since then, I’ve always understood that if I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I’ll get a return on my hard work.”
Since then, the 47-year-old business mogul has turned an internship opportunity afforded to him by Andre Farrell as a talent director at Uptown Records into his thriving Bad Boy Records Empire – home of the Notorious B.I.G, Craig Mack, Faith Evans, and more.
Last night was historic. I was the only African American on a stage of the brightest business minds of the world. pic.twitter.com/Rp7sS1cSGx
— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) 20 september 2017
Sean Combs’ also started the clothing line, Sean John, which earned him a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) award win for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2004. He also helped the once-struggling vodka company Ciroc multiply in sales and flavor options, opening them up to an entirely new wave of consumers.
In 2014, he officially introduced the world to REVOLT TV, his multi-platform television network and production company. The following year he teamed up with actor Mark Wahlberg and Ronald Burkle to purchase a majority holding in Aquahydrate.
In 2016, Sean Combs showcased his philanthropy in a major way by opening Capital Prep Harlem charter school in his hometown.
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