Russell Simmons

  • Celebrity
  • Birth Name: Russell Wendell Simmons
  • Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
  • Profession: Media mogul, Entrepreneur
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 2003, Tony — Special Theatrical Event: Winner

Relationships

  • Aoki Lee Simmons — Daughter
  • Ming Lee Simmons — Daughter
  • Daniel Simmons — Father
  • Kimora Lee Simmons — Ex-wife
  • Melissa George — Ex-significant Other
  • Danny Simmons — Brother
  • Joseph Simmons — Brother
  • Evelyn Simmons — Mother

College

  • Attended City College of New York, Queens, New York, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Russell Wendell Simmons
  • Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
  • Profession: Media mogul, Entrepreneur

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