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All About The Benjamins: How Much Is Diddy's Former Assistant Fonzworth Bentley Worth?

Fonzworth Bentley rose to fame as P. Diddy's assistant in the 2000s — but what is he doing now? Read for details on his net worth.


Dec. 1 2023, Published 5:34 p.m. ET

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Fonzworth Bentley (real name Derek Watkins) rose to popularity as Diddy's dapper personal assistant and valet.

He could be more easily remembered as the well-dressed, randomly placed man with deep waves dancing aside Diddy with an umbrella in the 2000s.

Since the media sensation rose to fame and somewhat vanished, there are lingering questions about what happened to Fonzworth and how much money he is worth now. Luckily, BLEU has answers.

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Fonzworth Bentley on stage with Pharrell at the 2015 BET Awards Show.

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What is Fonzworth Bentley’s net worth?

As of 2023, Fonzworth Bentley has a net worth of $2 million.

Many regarded Bentley as Diddy’s “manservant,” which he despised, but he did act as Diddy's personal assistant for several years.

Bentley explained to The New York Times that his duties included sitting in on Diddy’s business meetings, responding to his phone calls, grabbing coffee, acting as his stylist, packing and unpacking his suitcases on trips, and waking him up in the morning.

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But aside from his job duties, what really made Bentley stand out was how fashionably he dressed from head to toe at all times.

His iconic look can be seen in OutKast's “The Way You Move” video, as well as in the video for Kanye West’s “Kanye’s Workout Plan.”

Diddy with sparkly blazer on sitting next to Fonzworth Bentley with purple blazer and bow tie.
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Diddy and Fonzworth Bentley attend Clive Davis’ and the Recording Academy’s 2017 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee.

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Fonzworth Bentley

Entertainer, Assistant, Valet

Net worth: $2 million

Fonzworth Bentley rose to fame as Diddy's assistant in the early 2000s. His signature look included a bow tie and umbrella. He made many appearances in music videos, magazines, and movies.

Birthdate: February 13, 1974

Birthplace: Atlanta, GA

Education: Morehouse College, Fashion Institute Of Technology

Father: Fred Watkins

Mother: Harriette Watkins

What Happened To Fonzworth Bentley?

Bentley came a long way from when he met Puff Daddy as a struggling restaurant manager. Although you may not see him carrying an umbrella these days, he's still out here working.

In fact, he's added music producer, menswear designer, storyteller, choreographer, and creative director to his repertoire in the last decade.

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In 2008, he secured a book deal and authored the New York Times best-selling etiquette book, Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead. In 2008, Bentley secured his very own MTV show titled From G's to Gents. The show lasted two seasons.

In 2011 Fonzworth released his debut album, C.O.L.O.U.R.S. by Derek Watkins.

In the years that followed, he worked with Kanye West on multiple tracks on the debut albums Yeezus and The Life Of Pablo.

Additionally, he fulfilled his dreams of acting, making his film debut with small yet impactful roles in films such as Honey, Fat Albert, and Think Like A Man Too.

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Fonzworth Bentley in blue sitting next to wife in black with hoop earrings at dinner table
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Fonzworth Bentley and his wife Faune A. Chambers at the AWGE Private Dinner in Celebration of Art Basel Miami.

What is Fonzworth Bentley doing now?

On social media, Fonzworth can be seen enjoying his family and the city he was born and raised in — Atlanta.

Bentley married his wife Faune A Chambers who is well known for her acting and dancing skills in the movies White Chicks (2004), Bring It On Again (2004), and Epic Movie (2007).

The couple wed in 2010 and welcomed two children. He proudly attends events thrown by his alma mater Morehouse College, where his father taught.

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