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Russell Simmons

Russell Wendell Simmons (born October 4, 1957) is an American business magnate. He and Rick Rubin founded the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam. He also created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics. Russell Simmons is the third richest figure in hip hop, having a net-worth estimate of $340 million as of April 2011. Simmons was raised in Queens, New York. He is the son of Daniel Simmons, Sr., a public school administrator, and Evelyn Simmons, a New York City park administrator. His older brother is abstract expressionist painter Daniel Simmons, Jr., and his younger brother is Rev. Joseph Simmons ("Run" of Run-DMC). Def Jam became just one piece in Simmons' corporation, Rush Communications, Inc., which included a management company, a clothing company called Phat Farm, a movie production house, television shows such as Def Comedy Jam, a magazine and an advertising agency. Rick Rubin sold his share of the record company for $100 million to Universal Music Group in 1996. Simmons produced Def Poetry, begun as a television series on HBO, which also branched into a Broadway live stage production in 2002. In 2000, he co-founded the Internet start-up 360

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- 428 days ago
Russell Simmons -- The Illuminati Doesn't Exist (I'm Rich, I Would Know)

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- 573 days ago
Russell Simmons -- I Did NOT Hijack Millions From Ex-Biz Partner!

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- 588 days ago
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You're Screwing Me Out of MILLIONS

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- 591 days ago
Russell Simmons -- Stripping Down with New GF ... AND Ex-Wife

Russell Simmons
Stripping Down with GF ... AND Ex-Wife

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- 615 days ago
Ben Stein -- I Was Blown Away by NYC's Response to Sandy

Ben Stein
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- 671 days ago
Russell Simmons on NYC Homeless -- 'They're F**ked'

Russell Simmons
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- 672 days ago

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