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Russell Simmons

Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam
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Net worth 2018: $325 Million
Residence: Queens, New York, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 4 October 1957
Sigh: Scorpio
Height: 1.76 m
Education: New York University

Russell Simmons was bornon 4 October 1957 in Queens, New York, United States, American, is Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam. Hailed as the ‘hip-hop pioneer’ and one of the ‘Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years’, Russell Simmons has played a pivotal role in bringing hip-hop music to the forefront. He is the co-founder of the record label, ‘Def Jam’, which successfully acted as a launch pad for ‘Beastie Boys’, Jay Z, Foxy Brown and Ludacris, among many other stars in the music industry. He has been an influential figure in the genre of hip-hop music and passionately brought marginalised voices to mass audiences. Growing up in the streets of New York City, Simmons was a street hustler during his teenage years and while he was still in college he began to promote many hip-hop artists. A film producer, record producer, entrepreneur and successful businessman, Simmons dons many hats and apart from his music empire he also owns a successful clothing line, ‘Phat Farm’. He is also the owner of the clothing lines, ‘Argyleculture’ and ‘American Classics’. He regularly contributes to the ‘Huffington Post’ and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Slavery Memorial. An environmentalist at heart, he practises veganism and Ahimsa and was presented with the PETA Humanitarian Award in 2001.


$325 Million


In 2011, he published his book titled, ‘Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All’, which was written as a guide to achieve much abundance and wealth


They have two daughters but their marriage ended in divorce in 2009


In 2002, he produced the HBO television series, ‘Def Poetry’, which featured performances by well-known poets


Later in the year 1999, he began to work on many projects for his Rush Communications company


He got married to Kimora Lee on the Saint Barthélemy Island, located in France in 1998


In 1996, he produced the comedy film, ‘The Nutty Professor’, which starred Eddie Murphy


Branching out to other ventures, he founded ‘Phat Farm’ in 1992


In 1988, he worked with more new talents, which made the ‘Def Jam’ label one of the most successful hip-hop labels of that time


By 1986, ‘Def Jam’ was discovering new talents and they began to venture into the mainstream


He produced the feature film, ‘Krush Groove’ in 1985, which was directed by Michael Schultz


In 1984, ‘Def Jam’ released American rapper LL Cool J's hip-hop single ‘I Need a Beat’ and American hip-hop band ‘Beastie Boys’ single ‘Rock Hard’


In 1983, he joined hands with Rick Rubin and founded the record label; ‘Def Jam’ which soon began releasing hip-hop singles of several artists


In 1975, he attended the City College of New York for a brief period of time, after which he dropped out and went on to promote local musicians like Run-D


Russell Simmons was born on October 4, 1957, in Queens, New York to Daniel Simmons, Sr

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