- Dropped out of college to begin promoting local musicians, including Kurtis Blow and his brother Joseph's rap group Run-D.M.C.
- In 1984, co-founded Def Jam Records, which launched the music careers of the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Run-D.M.C.
- Founded Phat Farm clothing company in 1992.
- Created an umbrella firm called Rush Communications that includes a management company, advertising agency, magazine, television shows and movie production company.
- Released his autobiography Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money and God.
- Was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations.
- Is a vegan and active supporter of PETA.
- Founded the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, which combines concerts with political rallies in order to encourage young people to register to vote.
- Founder of the Rush Philanthropic Organization, which provides underprivileged youth with access to study the arts.
- 2003, Tony — Special Theatrical Event: Winner
- Joseph Simmons — Brother
- Daniel Simmons — Father
- Kimora Lee Simmons — Ex-wife
- Melissa George — Ex-significant Other
- Danny Simmons — Brother
- Evelyn Simmons — Mother
- Aoki Lee Simmons — Daughter
- Ming Lee Simmons — Daughter
- Attended City College of New York, Queens, New York, United States
- Birth Name: Russell Wendell Simmons
- Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
- Profession: Media mogul, Entrepreneur
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