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Daymond John Biography: Inside The Life Of The Media Personality

Daymond Garfield John


Entrepreneur in hip-hop fashion and media personality Garfield, Daymond On February 23, 1969, John was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian parents Garfield and Margot John. He grew up in Queens and began working at the age of 10 by handing out flyers and selling pencils on the streets for $2. He participated in a program that allowed him to work full-time and attend school on an alternating weekly basis while a student at Bayside High School in Queens’ Bayside neighborhood.

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After graduating in 1986, John worked as a commuter van driver and at the Red Lobster Restaurant. He began designing and selling hats at concerts at the Queens Coliseum and shopping malls in 1992, thanks to sewing lessons from his mother. He sold more than $800 in hats and related items in the first few weeks. His mother encouraged him, and after taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house, they opened a shop in their home. John invited three friends, Carl Brown, Alexander Martin, and Keith Perrin, to join him as co-founders on this project and moved into his parent’s basement. This was the start of the brand For Us, By Us.

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Daymond married Maria John in 1993, and they have two daughters, Yasmeen and Destiny. Three years later, in 1996, FUBU began a collaboration with global distributor Samsung’s fashion platform, and his company had made $200 million by 2001. During this time, John established the FUBU Foundation, which raised $1 million per year to help underserved youth in urban communities.

FUBU became the Globetrotters basketball team’s official outfitter in 2002. Seven years later, in 2009, John joined ABC’s business-themed reality show Shark Tank, which went on to win four Emmy Awards. President Barack Obama asked John to be a part of his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in 2014. He was appointed the President’s Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship after accepting the position. In 2014, John and Daniel Paisner co-wrote The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage.

John was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, but after a successful procedure, he was able to resume his entrepreneurial activities. John married Heather Taras on June 2, 2018 in Santorini, Greece. Minker was their daughter. Rise and Grind: Out-Perform, Out-Work, and Out-Hustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life, by John and Paisner, was released as an audiobook (Audible Studios).

John is still working in the fashion industry as of 2020. His FUBU brand had more than $6 billion in sales by that year. As a result of his success, John was instrumental in establishing the virtual Black Entrepreneurs Day to support Black-owned businesses, particularly those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, John and Paisner published Powershift: Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome (Random House Audio) in 2020.



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