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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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Russell Simmons -- Regarding Oscars ... I Don't Want the White Guys to Die!!!

Russell Simmons
Regarding Oscars ... I Don't Want the White Guys to Die!!!

Russell Simmons is very forgiving, not expecting a 94-year-old white Academy member to vote for "Straight Outta Compton."  But the solution is not to pray for Caucasian demise. We got… READ MORE >

Russell Simmons -- 'Scuse Me While I Kiss ... My Knee?!?! (PHOTO)

Russell Simmons
'Scuse Me While I Kiss ... My Knee?!?!

Russell Simmons showed off his incredible flexibility as he struck a few yoga poses Thursday on the beach in Miami. Get your mind out of the gutter.   READ MORE >

- 205 days ago
Russell Simmons -- My Ex Is the Best at Sex Ed! (VIDEO)

Russell Simmons
Kimora Is the Best ... At Sex Ed!

Russell Simmons would give his ex-wife a PhD in Sex education ... after watching her lay into their daughters about the dangers of "popping the coochie." Russell flew into LAX a few hours after… READ MORE >

- 219 days ago
Russell Simmons -- Someone Needs to Hit Michael B. Jordan ... With the Ugly Stick (VIDEO)

Russell Simmons
Someone Needs to Hit Michael B. Jordan ... With the Ugly Stick

Michael B. Jordan needs to ugly himself up if he has any hope of playing Russell Simmons in the Def Jam biopic ... so says Russell Simmons himself! We got the Def Jam co-founder out at the Dolby… READ MORE >

- 269 days ago
Russell Simmons -- Geraldo Rivera's an Attention Whore ... Who Hasn't Done S**t to Help Black People

Russell Simmons
Geraldo's an Attention Whore He Hasn't Done S**t to Help Black People

Russell Simmons is laughing off Geraldo Rivera's accusation that Simmons is hurting the black community -- as the ravings of a man who's desperate for attention after losing "Celebrity… READ MORE >

- 493 days ago
Leonardo DiCaprio -- I'm 40! More Models, Please

Leo DiCaprio
I'm 40!! More Models, Please

Leonardo DiCaprio turns 40 better than you do ... 'cause when he does it ... he's surrounded by hot models and A-list celebs in a super-exclusive club.According to sources inside the party ... Leo… READ MORE >

- 592 days ago
Frank Ocean -- My Dad's Suing Russell Simmons ... For $142,000,000

Frank Ocean
Dad Sues Russell Simmons For $142,000,000

Frank Ocean's father just slapped hip hop mogul Russell Simmons with a $142 million lawsuit for calling him a deadbeat dad. Calvin Cooksey -- who hasn't been part of Ocean's life… READ MORE >

- 652 days ago
Shaq -- I'm NEVER Going Back to Rap Again ... Like Never Ever

Shaq
I'm NEVER Going Back to Rap Again ... Like Never Ever

If you loved Shaquille O'Neal's "Kobe, Tell Me How My Ass Tastes" -- don't lose your copy, 'cause there will NEVER be a follow-up track ... according to Shaq himself. We got the Diesel in NYC and… READ MORE >

- 684 days ago
Russell Simmons -- SHAQ'S A DOPE RAPPER ... I Wish I Woulda Signed Him

Russell Simmons
SHAQ'S A DOPE RAPPER I Wish I Woulda Signed Him

Jay-Z, Kanye West, LL Cool J, who's missing? According to Russell Simmons it's Shaquille O'neal because the Hip Hop pioneer tells TMZ Sports he "wishes" he'd have signed Shaq to a record deal back… READ MORE >

- 696 days ago
Russell Simmons GF -- Please Find My Dog! -- 'I'm FREAKING OUT!'

Russell Simmons GF
Please Find My Dog! I'm 'FREAKING OUT!'

Russell Simmons' girlfriend Hana Nitsche is heartbroken ... and "freaking out" because her pet Chihuahua, Ivy, DISAPPEARED three days ago ... and she's hoping a HUGE reward -- $5,000 -- will help… READ MORE >

- 1017 days ago

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