Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons
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Simmons at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Mansome
Russell Wendell Simmons

(1957-10-04) October 4, 1957 (age 61)
Alma materCity College of New York
OccupationCo-founder of Def Jam and founder of Phat Farm, All Def Digital, Global Grind, Def Pictures, Argyleculture, Tantris, American Classics
Music Producer
Net worthIncrease $340 million (2011)[1]
Kimora Lee
(m. 1998; div. 2009)
RelativesJoseph Simmons (brother)
Daniel Simmons, Jr. (brother)
WebsiteRush Communications

Russell Wendell Simmons (born October 4, 1957)[2] is an American entrepreneur, record producer, and author. The chair and CEO of Rush Communications, he co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings[3] and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Simmons's net worth was estimated at $340m in 2011.[1]

Early life and education

Simmons was born and raised in Queens, New York.[4]

His father was a public school administrator and his mother was a New York City park administrator. His brothers are painter Daniel Simmons Jr., and Rev Run of Run-DMC. In 1975, after graduating from August Martin High School, Simmons briefly attended the City College of New York in Harlem where he met a young DJ/Bboy, Kurt Walker, who influenced him to participate in the hip-hop phenomenon.[5][6][7][8][9]

Upon hearing Eddie Cheeba perform in Harlem in 1977, Simmons knew that hip hop would be his career.[10] Simmons stated, "Hearing Cheeba in '77 made me feel like I had just witnessed the invention of the wheel."[10]

In 2014, Claremont Lincoln University awarded Russell Simmons an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters for his work as chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and for promoting mindfulness, compassion and interreligious collaboration in the public sphere.[11]

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