On December 16, Hennessy celebrated their 11th annual Hennessy Privilège Awards alongside honoree, Daymond John, at Guastavino’s in NYC. A pioneer in street wear, Daymond John, is the CEO/Founder of fashion brand FUBU and one of the investors on ABC’s Shark Tank. John’s commitment to his community is unparalleled with his various ongoing initiatives to mentor and help others succeed.
The night kicked off with a live discussion between MTV News’ Sway Calloway and Daymond John, as they discussed John’s entrepreneurial successes. The two chatted about everything from what motivates him as a businessman, to what it’s like being a Shark. John’s on-air foe and off-air friend, Barbara Corcoran closed the festivities with a rousing closing toast in celebration of the honoree.
John also shared an inside glimpse of his latest book, “The Power of Broke,” which hits shelves soon.
Every year, the Hennessy Privilege Award goes out to someone who has made a contribution to the community through their leadership and service. This prestigious award is presented to those who embody strength and sophistication; ideals held close in the House of Hennessy Cognac for almost 250 years.
Previous Hennessy Privilège Award recipients include Spike Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Magic Johnson, Patti La Belle and George Lopez.
On behalf of Mr. John, Hennessy will contribute to two worthy foundations he is most passionate about, including the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurism (NFTE), whose mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures; and the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, which seeks to improve the image and unity within the hip-hop community, as well as the grades, character and leadership skills of members.