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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 should pipe down -- at least according to Ben Stein, who tells TMZ, he's "very impressed" with Mayor Bloomberg's response to Hurricane Sandy in NYC ... even considering the… READ MORE >

Russell Simmons on NYC Homeless -- 'They're F**ked'

Russell Simmons
on NYC Homeless 'THEY'RE F**KED'

Russell Simmons says the homeless people who live in NYC are totally "f**ked" ... after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the city ... and now he's placing the blame on Mayor Bloomberg. Simmons says… READ MORE >

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Russell, Kimora & Djimon -- One Phat Happy Family

Russell, Kimora & Djimon -- One Phat Happy Family

Proving there is such thing as an amicable divorce, music honcho Russell Simmons hung out with his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons, their daughters, Kimora's new husband Djimon Honsou and their son at… READ MORE >

- 1343 days ago
Leno Escapes Def Traffic Jam -- Size Matters

Leno Escapes Def Traffic Jam -- Size Matters

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- 2148 days ago
Russell Simmons -- Not a Renaissance Man

Russell Simmons -- Not a Renaissance Man

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- 2180 days ago
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 >

- 2232 days ago
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 >

- 2233 days ago
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 >

- 2266 days ago
Ru$$ell: How Much Do You Love Your Kids?

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

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- 2377 days ago
Russell Calls B.S. on Custody Fight

Russell Calls B.S. on Custody Fight

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