Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 Miami list is Sean “Diddy” Combs, the music entrepreneur who has more acting and philanthropic work on his to-do list.
Sean “Diddy” Combs
Company: Bad Boy Entertainment
What Made Him Haute: The Grammy Award-winning artist, whose impressive estate on Star Island is a must-see stop on all of the celebrity-home boat tours that raid the waters of Biscayne Bay, is almost as well known for his business ventures as for his music. The hip-hop impresario’s Bad Boy Entertainment is an umbrella company that operates Bad Boy Records, Sean Jean clothing line, a movie production company, Ciroc vodka, and two restaurants. He is currently promoting his sixth album Last Train to Paris.
What Makes Him Haute Now: The music mogul has been busy taking singing lessons to prepare for his first record release with new group Diddy Dirty Money. The group, which consists of singer Kalenna Harper and former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard, will release their debut album, Last Train to Paris, in September.
In line with his many music endeavors, Combs recently showed interest in replacing Simon Cowell as a judge on the highly popular television show American Idol and he will guest star in an episode of Entourage. Combs also found success starring in the comedy Get Him to the Greek with Russell Brand and Jonah Hill; the DVD and Blu-ray will be available on Sept. 28.
Adding to his philanthropic work, Combs announced this year on CNN to Wolf Blitzer that he plans to open a business school in New York.