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Russell Simmons -- Not a Renaissance Man

1/9/2009 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Don't lick hip hop kingpin Russell Simmons -- 'cause he's not a sucker.

Our spies at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel tell us Simmons' assistant called recently to inquire about the Presidential Suites and packages. The guy was all ears, until the hotel rep dropped the price -- $51,000. Simmons' lackey said it was way too much and hung up.

For the record, the deal is for the "Ultimate Presidential" package. It includes a three-night stay in the hotel's Presidential or Mayflower Suite, limo service to and from the airport, his-and-hers inaugural jewelry, Dom Perignon champagne with Baccarat toasting flutes, in-room massage for two, 24-hour butler service, a custom-designed cocktail by the guy the hotel calls "legendary" bartender Sambonn Lek, inaugural petit fours, and his-and-hers inaugural garb from Burberry to keep guests warm during the ceremony.

Simmons is worth an estimated $300,000,000. How did he get so rich? By not blowing his money on stupid petit fours and toasting flutes.


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gotta sell a lot more crack to book this room!

2111 days ago


He is so tired. So is his ex Kimora. He's a good business man, but his work is garbage (Kimora included). She's talentless. Her children are so annoying too. I wish they'd go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2111 days ago


Damm,the $$$ ran out so motel 6 look'z good at diz point..................

2111 days ago


Janitor in a drum

2111 days ago


hes deployable the worst I ever herd!2,3 months and you'll never hear of this sucker again!

2111 days ago


Russell needs to spend more time with his daughters. They walk around acting just like their mom. Kimora feels like the world owes her. Those poor little girls will grow up to be just like Kimora; bossing everyone around. The E show is annoying. I don't know how it stays on...

2111 days ago


he got rich by not being foolish 50 gs in 3 days bs

2111 days ago


Are people driving to the gig in electric cars? Eh? Eh? No, they're still driving smogmobiles and DON'T GET IT!

2110 days ago

Lord Xenu    

TMZ has pretty good spies.

Maybe TMZ should run the CIA? Seriously.

$51,000? Its cheaper than an Illinois Senate seat.

Time for everyone to put on their O-FACE !! O! O!! O!!! O!!!

2110 days ago

arte help    

A typical Liberal, doesn't want to spend his own money, but when it comes to government spending, open the floodgates!!!

2110 days ago


This country is going through an economic crisis and Simmons is blowing his money on that??? Just another Hollywood greedy person. So sad.

2110 days ago


Wow, Kathleen, you're dumb. It said he's NOT going to do it.

2110 days ago

Carrys F.    

What is up with these hotels pushing these packages but making them look like celebrity news stories. And how on Earth do they not know whether it was an imposter CLAIMING to be one of Simmons' peeps??? I'm tired of being hoodwinked into being told stories are real. I've seen these "packages" being pushed in other "news" stories. Is the "news" becoming like the Hills? Scripted and paid for????

2110 days ago


Russell Simmons is awesome.

You a@@holes are such bitter people..ugh DO you HONESTLY think complaining on this site every day is productive? I think you losers have just given up on life and know you will never in aspect of anything so you just settle for blog And if you are a grown a@@ adult, or parent what in the world is wrong with you!

2110 days ago


I thought it was a beautiful story.

2110 days ago
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