Russell Simmons

Born Oct 4, 1957

Russell Wendell Simmons 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.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on October 4, 1957.


1975 17 Years Old In 1975, after graduating from August Martin High School, Simmons briefly attended the City College of New York in Harlem where he met a young DJ/Bboy, Kurt Walker, who influenced him to participate in the hip-hop phenomenon. … Read More


1983 25 Years Old Simmons co-founded Def Jam in 1983 with Rick Rubin who sold his share of the company for $120 million to Universal Music Group in 1996.
1985 27 Years Old In 1985 Russell Simmons co-produced and appeared in the film, Krush Groove. … Read More


1992 34 Years Old Simmons met model Kimora Lee in November 1992. They dated for four years and married on December 20, 1998. on the island of Saint Barthélemy. … Read More


2002 44 Years Old Simmons became Chairman of Board of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in 2002.
2006 48 Years Old In March 2006, Simmons announced his divorce from Lee. … Read More


2009 51 Years Old In May 2009, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Slavery Memorial at the United Nations to honor the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In a similar vein, Simmons is a supporter of the Somaly Mam Foundation, and was honored at their 2011 gala dinner.
2012 54 Years Old In 2012, Simmons supported Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich's re-election campaign, appearing with the politician at various speaking events.
2013 55 Years Old In November 2013, he pledged support for New York's mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in recognition of his support for animal rights.
2015 57 Years Old In 2015, Simmons criticized his friend, real-estate developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in an open letter after Trump called for Muslim immigrants to be barred from entering the United States. … Read More
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