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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 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 >

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 >

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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 >

- 2508 days ago
Toni Braxton Celebrates the Big 4-1

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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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Kimora's Russell Recon Smooth as Butter

Kimora's Russell Recon Smooth as Butter

Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou have been notably cloak-and-dagger about their relationship, going so far as to post waiters and heavies to keep things on the (relative)… READ MORE >

- 2662 days ago
John Mayer's Magical Back Door

John Mayer's Magical Back Door

In New York, it seems that face contortionist John Mayer took a break from hammerin' Cameron to contemplate the automatic trunk on his truck. Close sesame! insertBCSinglePlayer(1149463513); Mother… READ MORE >

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Rev. Al Goes to Bat for Bitches

Rev. Al Goes to Bat for Bitches

Rev. Al Sharpton is going to the dogs ... and by dogs, of course, we mean bitches. // Sharpton has turned his attention from celebrity news websites and is lending his voice to a crusade against… READ MORE >

- 2710 days ago
Russell Simmons Selling Phat House

Russell Simmons Selling Phat House

TMZ has learned that Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons is selling his monster mansion in Saddle River, N.J. Simmons, who split with wife Kimora Lee just over a year ago, is unloading this 35,000 sq.… READ MORE >

- 2818 days ago
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