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Diddy is one of a handful of celebrities featured in the Forbes "Rags-To-Riches Celebrities" article.

"In many ways, they announce their success with the items that they buy," explains Ellis Cashmore, author of Celebrity Culture.

This may explain the behavior of New York City-born rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, who moved upstate as a child after the murder of his father. Today, the hip-hop impresario has evolved into a celebrity, in the truest sense of the word. And while he does his part for charity, Combs has never shied away from the luxuries that fame affords. Let his numerous houses and million-dollar soirées serve as evidence.

See his parts in their story in pictures here and here.