Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons

Russell Wendell Simmons is an American entrepreneur, who also doubles up as a record executive, writer, and film producer. He is chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings.

Quick Biography

Russell was born on October 4th, 1957 in Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, and the U.S. after schooling at August Martin High School and City College of New York in Harlem, Russell started his career after he met  Kurt Walker, who influenced him to participate in the hip hop phenomenon.

Quick Summary

Full Name/Real Name: Russell Wendell Simmons
Age: 64 years old
Birth Date: October 4th, 1957
Birth Place: Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S
Nationality: American
Religion: Christian yogi
Parents: Daniel Simmons and Evelyn Simmons
Spouse: Kimora Lee Simmons (m. 1998–2009)
Children: Ming Lee Simmons, Aoki Lee Simmons
Height: 1.75 m
Weight: 75 kg
Profession: Entrepreneur
Net Worth in 2022: $380 Million

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

Russell Simmons is currently 64 years old, having been born on October 4th, 1957. He stands at 1.75 meters tall and weighs approximately 75 kilograms. Russell Simmons has black colored eyes while his hair is Salt & Pepper

Education, School/College University

Russell attended August Martin High School and graduated in 1975.  After graduating, 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

Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views

Russell Simmons’s parents were Daniel Simmons and Evelyn Simmons. Russell Simmons‘s father was a public school administrator and his mother, a New York City park administrator. Russell Simmons has two siblings Daniel Simmons, Jr., and Joseph Simmons. Russell Simmons belongs to Black-American ethnicity and holds American nationality he is a Christian and politically he is a Democrat.

Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children

Russell Simmons married to model Kimora Lee on December 20, 1998. The couple had two daughters, Ming Lee (born 2000) and Aoki Lee (born 2002). The relationship between Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee ended when they divorced in 2009

Relationship Statistics

Marital status? (single, married, in relation or divorced): Divorced
When did he E get married? (married date): 1998
Does he have any relationship affair? No
Is Russell Simmons Gay? No
Wife/Spouse? (name): Ex-wife: Kimora Lee Simmons
Kids? Ming Lee Simmons, Aoki Lee Simmons

Professional Life and Career

In 1983, Simmons co-founded Def Jam with Rick Rubin, who sold his share of the company for $120 million to Universal Music Group in 1996. Simmons later co-produced and appeared in the film Krush Groove In 1985. Simmons has also produced television hits HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam.

In 1996, Simmons co-produced the hit film The Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy. In 1997, Simmons co-produced the film Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, starring Bill Bellamy. In 2003, Simmons co-founded RushCard, a prepaid debit card provider.

Simmons also launched the clothing line Phat Fashions LLC In 1992 using the Phat Farm and Phat Baby labels. The influence of designers such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger gave the clothing line a classic look and feel. Phat Fashions encompassed hip hop clothing for women and children, as well as men, and grew into a lifestyle brand with the addition of jewelry, perfume, and other merchandise.

Phat Fashions LLC sold merchandise in two stores in New York and Montreal, as well as online at In addition, the clothing line was carried by some 3,000 retailers in the United States. In 2004, Simmons sold Phat Farm and Baby Phat to the Kellwood Company for $140 million. In 1995, Simmons and his brothers founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

The objective of the Foundation was to provide art education and support to under-serviced youth by helping people of color access the arts and by providing exhibition opportunities. At present, the Foundation serves about 3,000 students annually and maintains two galleries. The Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, and the Corridor Gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, exhibit the work of more than 100 community and emerging artists.

Awards & Nominations

Russell Simmons has collected various accolades which include, BET Hip Hop Awards I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award (2008), NAACP Image Award – Vanguard Award (2009), Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event (2003), GLAAD Media Award for Excellence in Media (2011) and PGA Visionary Vanguard Award (2013).

Russell Simmons Net Worth, Income & Salary In 2022

Russell Simmons Net Worth
Russell Simmons Net Worth

As of August 2022, Russell Simmons net worth is estimated at $380 Million.

Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

Russell Simmons is not new to controversy and scandals. There have been women who have come up with claims of being sexually assaulted by Russell in the recent past.  I addition to this, five women have also come up claiming to have been raped by Simmons. Simmons has vehemently denied these claims.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Russell Simmons Facebook page has around 2.8 million fan likes, and his Twitter account has around 4.7 million followers. On Instagram account, Russell Simmons has around 1.5 million followers, while on YouTube, Russell Simmons has around 708,000 subscribers.

Russell Simmons has made a name for himself as a record executive, writer, and film producer. In the process, he has accumulated a substantial amount of wealth. Though there are successes credited to his name, there are sexual misconduct cases that have dogged his career.


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