I started working very early at the age of 12 and have always had an entrepreneur mindset. My first job was a paper route. My next job was at a gas station. I was a busboy at a Mexican restaurant. I sold lemonade to people when it was hot outside. I have just worked hard all my life, and that is what I try to tell people – work as hard as you can, make your own opportunities

P-Diddy, Forbes.com, 29 October 2013

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 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 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 (2010).