Victory. Puff Daddy Tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Entertainer List

Twenty years ago, Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records dominated the charts, with three #1 albums. Puffy’s No Way Out, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death, and Mase’s Harlem World. Tragically, that was the same year that Biggie, Bad Boy’s flagship artist, was gunned down in Los Angeles, California.

In 2017, the artist also known as Diddy is still on definitively top. Today, he came in #1 on Forbes’ “Highest Paid Entertainers List.” Tallying earnings from June of 2016 to present, the acclaimed wealth and business publication estimates that Sean Combs earned $130 in that time.


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That aforementioned Bad Boy legacy contributed, though not significantly through new music. Instead, Puff’ spearheaded a 2016 reunion tour of some of the label’s premiere acts of the past, including Mase. Lil’ Kim, DMX, were among the non-label affiliates who also crossed the country for Bad Boy’s celebration.

Most notably, Puff sold one-third of his Sean John clothing brand for a reported $70 million. Ciroc, Puffy’s liquor brand also is cited as a leading contributor to earnings. Notably, Bad Boy did not release an album of new music in the last year.

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Within the Top 5, Puff bested one of his alleged foes in Drake, at #4 ($94 million). At #2 was Beyoncé, calculated at $105 million.

Last year, the winner was Taylor Swift. In 2015, it was boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. As no surprise, one month ago, Puff also topped the Hip-Hop rankings from Forbes.