- Name: Russell Simmons
- Age: 60 years old
- Height: 5ft 9in (176 cm)
- Occupation: Entrepreneur
- Net Worth: US $340 Million
- Status: Alive
Russell Simmons is an American entrepreneur, record producer, author and activist. He’s best known as the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. His business ventures include Phat Farm, Argyleculture, Global Grind, Tantris. He’s the chairman and CEO of Rush Communications. Russell Wendell Simmons was born on October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York. His father, Daniel, was a teacher, and his mother, Evelyn, an artist. He has two brothers, Daniel Jr. and Joseph (Rev Run). Simmons is a graduate of August Martin High School. He majored in sociology at the City College of New York but never completed a degree. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Claremont Lincoln University in 2014.
Prior to success in music, Simmons was affiliated with the street gang ‘Seven Immortals’. He dropped out of the gang after one of its members were murdered. He was drawn to the music scene after hearing MC Eddie Cheeba performing in 1977. Simmons created Rush Management and signed his DJ/MC friend Curtis Walker (Kurtis Blow). Their debut single “Christmas Rappin” was released in December 1979. It sold more than 500,000 copies. He co-produced “It’s Like That/Sucker MCs” for Run-DMC. He also helped Run-DMC in securing a recording contract with Profile Records.
In 1984, Simmons and Rick Rubin co-founded the record label Def Jam Recordings. The label is based in New York City and is been distributed by Universal Music Group. Rubin sold his share of Def Jam for a reported $120 million to UMG in 1996. The label gained early success with acts like Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys. Simmons co-produced the film Kush Groove (1985) alongside Michael Schultz and George Jackson. He co-produced The Nutty Professor (1996) starring Eddie Murphy. He also produced the HBO series Def Comedy Jam (1992-97) and Def Poetry Jam (2002-07). Simmons currently serves as chairman and CEO of Rush Communications Inc. He operates the companies ‘Phat Fashions’ and ‘Global Grind’. His portfolio also include Def Pictures, Rush Books, Tantris, Argyleculture and All Def Digital.
Simmons has written several books, including Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God (2002), Super Rich: Inside and Out (2011), Success Through Stillness (2014) and The Happy Vegan (2015). He’s also known for his work as an activist and philanthropist. He was honored with the 2001 PETA Humanitarian Award and the 2011 PETA Person of the Year Award. He was named chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in 2002, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Slavery Memorial in 2009.PERSONAL
Russell Simmons has an estimated net worth of $340 million. His height is 5ft 9in and he’s of African-American ancestry. He was married to model ‘Kimora Lee’ from 1998 to 2009. They have two daughters, Ming Fei and Aoki Lee. Simmons also dated Hana Nitsche and Melissa George. He has a son named Jamal.
In November 2017, two women Keri Claussen Khalighi and Jenny Lumet accused Simmons of sexual assault. The alleged assaults occurred in 1991. Simmons stated that he would step down from all his businesses as a result.
Russell Simmons Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki
- Birth Name: Russell Wendell Simmons
- Birthday: October 4, 1957
- How Old : Age: 60 years old
- Place of Birth: Queens, New York, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- How Tall : Height: 5ft 9in (176 cm)
- Occupation: Entrepreneur, Record Producer, Author
- Net Worth & Salary: US $340 Million
- Marriage(s): Kimora Lee
- Death-O-Meter: Alive