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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 -- Not a Renaissance Man

Russell Simmons -- Not a Renaissance Man

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… READ MORE >

Russell Simmons Exposes Potential

Russell Simmons Exposes Potential

When you're worth more than $340 million, you can check out the merchandise before you buy -- even in Miami. READ MORE >

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Tunnel of Love

Tunnel of Love

Russell Simmons did his best to initiate a game of bikini croquette on a Miami beach yesterday. No word as to whether the 51-year-old was able to stand back up before the tide came in. READ MORE >

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Russell Simmons Pisses Away Money

Russell Simmons Pisses Away Money

Ed McMahon should keep his eyes peeled while he's in New York -- because if you're relentless enough, Russell Simmons will hand you a twenty to shut the hell up. See Also Ed McMahon Will Work for… READ MORE >

- 2097 days ago
Ru$$ell: How Much Do You Love Your Kids?

Ru$$ell: How Much Do You Love Your Kids?

They say you can never put a price on love: how's $480,000 a year sound?TMZ has obtained documents in the Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons divorce case. The docs, filed yesterday in LA Superior… READ MORE >

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Russell Calls B.S. on Custody Fight

Russell Calls B.S. on Custody Fight

If there's a harsh custody battle brewing between Russell Simmons and ex Kimora Lee, then someone should really tell that to Russell.insertBCSinglePlayer(1543275724); See Also Russell to Kimora:… READ MORE >

- 2255 days ago
Russell to Kimora: Are You Def?

Russell to Kimora: Are You Def?

Russell Simmons wants to be a baby daddy, even though baby momma ain't so sure.We obtained a legal document filed by the Russell man, asking for joint custody of his two kids. Kimora Lee Simmons… READ MORE >

- 2256 days ago
Out with the Old, In with the New ... Girlfriend

Out with the Old, In with the New ... Girlfriend

The same day estranged wife Kimora Lee Simmons filed for divorce, music mogul Russell Simmons stepped out in NYC with his gorgeous girlfriend, Porschla Coleman. Upgrade you!In 2003, Porschla won… READ MORE >

- 2297 days ago
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Simmons

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Simmons

Fit and 50-year-old Russell Simmons gets low while doing yoga on the beach in Miami. The vegan has become a yoga and health enthusiast in recent years ... so that's how he got rid of all that baby… READ MORE >

- 2341 days ago
Toni Braxton Celebrates the Big 4-1

Toni Braxton
Celebrates the Big 4-1

R&B diva Toni Braxton celebrated her forty-first birthday yesterday at Mr.Chow -- and Ms. Lady looks fabu! // There was an A-list turnout for her intimate dinner, including music mogulsaurus… READ MORE >

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