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Russell Wendell Simmons was born on 4 October 1957, in Queens, New York City USA, and is a well-recognized enterpreneur, fashion designer, businessman, television producer, as well as an actor. Russell Simmons is perhaps best known for his contributions to the hip hop scene, namely the creation of the famous record label “Def Jam Recordings”. Simmons is also a known entrepreneur who owns several clothing lines under his name – Phat Farm, together with Baby Phat, American Classics and Argyleculture are all brands that are owned by Russell Simmons.

One may wonder, how rich is Russell Simmons then? Authoritative sources state that Russell Simmons’ net worth is estimated to amount to an impressive $340 million as of mid-2016, accumulated from contributions earned in all his activities during a career which didn’t really begin until his mid-20s.

Russell Simmons Net Worth $340 Million

Russell Simmons grew up with two  brothers – Daniel Simmons Jr. is a well-known expressionist painter. and Joseph Simmons is better known as Rev Run from a famous hip-hop group “Run D. M. C.”. Russell initially attended August Martin High School before transferring to City College of New York. He made his acting debut in a film he also co-produced called “Krush Groove” in which the main roles were played by the members of “Run D. M. C” and “Beastie Boys”. Prior to that, in 1983, Russell Simmons together with Rick Rubin co-founded a record label known as “Def Jam Recordings”. Over the years, “Def Jam” has become one of the most known hip-hop labels and has signed such artists as Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Nas. Simmons’ net worth rose steadily from the success of the label.

Mainly due to the success of “Def Jam Recordings”, Russell Simmons was able to start his other business ventures. In 1992, he launched his own clothing line under the name of “Phat Farm”; the company soon developed from a small shop in New York into a profitable business. The success of “Phat Farm” resulted in the creation of “Baby Phat”, an urban line of clothing, targeted towards women and girls. The revenue of “Baby Phat” alone is estimated to be close to $1 billion.In  addition to these two clothing lines, Russell Simmons owns American Classics and Argyleculture.

In 2000, Simmons started an Internet website “360 Hip Hop”, which was later purchased by Black Entertainment Television (BET). More recently, in 2010 Simmons premiered his own television show called “Running Russell Simmons”.

In addition to making money and increasing his net worth from already mentioned businesses, Russell Simmons is a published author as well. In 2007, Simmons co-wrote a book “Do You – 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success”, and in 2011 came out with another book titled “Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All”; all have helped his net worth grow.

In his personal life, Russell Simmons was married to Kimora(1998-2009) and they have two daughters. He dated German model Hana Nitsche  during 2012-13. Russell is a vegetarian, an active supporter of a mantra meditation called “Transcendental Meditation”, and has been practicing Yoga for quite some time now.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All Def Comedy 2016 TV Movie executive producer post-production
Codes of Conduct 2018 TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Major Deal 2016 executive producer
All Def Movie Awards 2016 TV Movie executive producer
The Big Leaf 2015 TV Movie executive producer
Hungry 2013 TV Series executive producer
Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus 2012 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The House I Live In 2012 Documentary executive producer
Lemon 2011/I Documentary executive producer
B-Rock 2011 Short executive producer
Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at the El Rey 2010 TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Daddy's Girls 2009 TV Series executive producer - 15 episodes
Run's House TV Series documentary executive producer - 53 episodes, 2005 - 2009 field producer - 5 episodes, 2007
Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes, 2009 co-executive producer - 1 episode, 2009
American Mogul: Russell Simmons 2009 TV Movie executive producer
Def Comedy Jam 1992-2008 TV Series executive producer - 35 episodes
Def Poetry 2002-2007 TV Series documentary executive producer - 44 episodes
Waist Deep 2006 executive producer
The History Makers 2005 Video documentary executive producer
Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice 2004 TV Series executive producer
The Industry 2004 Video documentary executive producer
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary executive producer
Are You Hip-Hop's Biggest Fan? 2000 TV Movie executive producer
How to Be a Player 1997 producer
Gridlock'd 1997 executive producer
The Funeral 1996 associate producer
The Nutty Professor 1996 producer
The Addiction 1995 executive producer
Def Comedy Jam: Primetime 1994 TV Special documentary executive producer
The New Music Report 1990 TV Series executive producer
Tougher Than Leather 1988 producer
Krush Groove 1985 co-producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Run's House 2005-2008 TV Series documentary 45 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Straight Outta Compton 2015 writer: "Jam-Master Jay"
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special writer: "The Breaks"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Open Air Outreach 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary writer: "The Breaks"
Dance Central 2 2011 Video Game writer: "The Breaks"
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 writer: "The Breaks"
Notorious 2009 writer: "The Breaks"
Who's Your Caddy? 2007 writer: "Tell Me When to Go" - as Russell W. Simmons
Everybody Hates Chris 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Haack: The King of Techno 2004 Documentary producer: "Party Machine"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game writer: "The Breaks"
Grand Theft Auto 3 2001 Video Game performer: "Instrumental Bed 1", "Instrumental Bed 2" - as Rush / performer: "Scary Movies Instrumental" - as Reef / producer: "Instrumental Bed 1", "Instrumental Bed 2" - as Rush / producer: "We're Live Danger"
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary writer: "It's Like That"
Dude, Where's My Car? 2000 writer: "Bubble Bunch"
Soul Food 1997 writer: "The Breaks"
The Jerky Boys 1995 writer: "Dial a Jam"
Krush Groove 1985 writer: "You're Blind", "Krush Groovin'" - as R. Simmons

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undateable John post-production Suicide Hotline Operator
Donny! 2015 TV Series Russell Simmons
Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013-2015 TV Series Russell Simmons
Hungry 2013 TV Series Russell
Def Jam: Icon 2007 Video Game Rush (voice)
Butter 1998 Celebrity Guest #2
Krush Groove 1985 Crocket

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic 2003 Video documentary short executive board: Def Jam
The Addiction 1995 presenter
Krush Groove 1985 story consultant

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Def Comedy Jam: All Stars Vol. 11 1999 TV Special
Def Comedy Jam: All Stars Vol. 12 1999 TV Special

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Run-DMC: Together Forever - Greatest Hits 1983-2000 2000 Video composer: songs "You Talk Too Much" and "Beats to the Rhyme"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Free the Nipple 2014 very special thanks
Laff Mobb Presents 2012 TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Politics of Love 2011 the producers wish to thank
Strictly Business 1991 special thanks: Rush Communications

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beef 2003 Documentary Himself - President, Def Jam Records
The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Winner: Special Theatrical Event
Death of a Dynasty 2003 Himself (uncredited)
Paper Chasers 2003 Documentary Himself
Inside Hip Hop 2003 Video documentary Himself
Hip-Hop VIPs 2002 Video documentary Himself
American Rap Stars 2002 Video documentary Himself
Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay: The Last Interview 2002 TV Short documentary Himself
Brown Sugar 2002 Himself
The Hamptons 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Street Dreams 2002 TV Movie Himself
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Heroes of Black Comedy 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Last Poets 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Headliners & Legends: Will Smith 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake... 2001 Documentary Himself
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Cribs 2001 TV Series Himself
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Journeys in Black 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Moesha 1996 TV Series Himself
Lauren Hutton and... 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Show 1995 Documentary Himself
Dennis Miller Live 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1992 TV Series Himself
The Media Show 1990 TV Series Himself
House of Style 1989 TV Series Himself
Tougher Than Leather 1988 Himself
Big Fun in the Big Town 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1985 1985 TV Special Himself
Lost in America 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
The Survivor's Guide to Prison 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
G-Funk 2016 Documentary filming
A Fatherless America 2017 Documentary Himself
The Tomorrow Show 2016 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2016 TV Series Himself
On Meditation 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta 2016 TV Series Himself
Red, White and Bootsy 2016 TV Movie Himself
Unsung 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Vegan: Everyday Stories 2016 Documentary Himself
Urban Sutra 2016 Documentary
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2016 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself - Surprise Appearance
Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
The Dr. Oz Show 2016 TV Series Himself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2016 TV Series Himself
The Real 2016 TV Series Himself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 2016 Documentary Himself
The Chew 2016 TV Series Himself - Author, The Happy Vegan
The Wendy Williams Show 2010-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
CBS This Morning 2014-2016 TV Series Himself - Author, The Happy Vegan / Himself - Guest
Growing Up Hip Hop 2016 TV Series Himself
The 3rd Annual Noble Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Punk'd 2015 TV Series Himself
Unity 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
PoliticKING with Larry King 2015 TV Series Himself - guest
Dr. Mona Vand: The Modern Pharmacist 2015 TV Series Himself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Presenter
K.Michelle: My Life 2014 TV Series Himself
Real Husbands of Hollywood 2014 TV Series Himself
Revolt Live 2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Message 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (2014)
A Healthy You & Carol Alt 2014 TV Series Himself - Author
Awake: The Life of Yogananda 2014 Documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Home & Family 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton 2014 TV Series Himself
Bethenny 2014 TV Series Himself
Imus in the Morning 2014 TV Series Himself - Author
The Tanning of America 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Teddy Ray & DoBoy: Blowin' Up 2014 TV Series Himself
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network 2013 TV Series Himself
Global Citizen Festival 2013 TV Movie Himself
The Muslims Are Coming! 2013 Documentary Himself
2013 Do Something Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Fashion News Live 2005-2013 TV Series Himself
Behind the Music 2000-2013 TV Series documentary Himself
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series Himself
Chrissy & Mr. Jones 2012 TV Series Himself
The Men Who Built America 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Co-Founder, Def Jam
Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey 2012 Video documentary Himself
How to Make Money Selling Drugs 2012 Documentary Himself
All in for the 99% 2012 Short Himself
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon 2012 TV Movie Himself
Change Begins Within 2012 TV Movie Himself
Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D 2012 Documentary short Himself
The Apprentice 2004-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Customer / Himself - Pizza Customer
The Tents 2012 Documentary Himself
The Corner Store Kids 2011 Documentary short
Democracy Now! 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011 TV Series Himself
All About Aubrey 2011 TV Series Himself
Pass the Bucket 2011 TV Series documentary
Real Time with Bill Maher 2004-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jump Start Live 2011 TV Series Himself
Fair Game? 2010 Documentary Himself
Running Russell Simmons 2010 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Naughty But Nice with Rob Shuter 2010 TV Series 2010
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Music 2010 Documentary Himself
30 for 30 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Cove: My Friend is... 2010 Short Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Himself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Larry King Live 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Life in the Game 2009 Video documentary Himself
Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photographer Johnny Nunez 2009 Documentary Himself
Rap Therapy 2009 Documentary Himself
The Brian McKnight Show 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
This Is Jim Jones 2009 Video documentary Himself
The Real Housewives of New York City 2009 TV Series Himself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
American Mogul: Russell Simmons 2009 TV Movie Himself
Bring Your 'A' Game 2009 Documentary short Himself - Co-founder Def Jam Records
Life on the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown 2009 Documentary Himself
CNN Presents: Black in America 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2005-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
What's at Stake? 2008 TV Movie Himself
2 Turntables and a Microphone 2008 Documentary Himself
Hotel Gramercy Park 2008 Documentary Himself
America's Newsroom 2008 TV Series Himself
Run's House 2005-2008 TV Series documentary Himself / Uncle Russell
The Black List: Volume One 2008 Documentary Himself
What Perez Sez 2007 TV Series Himself
J.A.M. Awards & Concert 2007 TV Special Himself
Screen Nation Television and Film Awards 2007 2007 TV Special Himself
Howard Stern on Demand 2007 TV Series Himself
106 & Park Top 10 Live 2005-2007 TV Series Himself - Def Comedy Jam DVD Cover / Himself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
In Prison My Whole Life 2007 Documentary Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2007 TV Series Himself
Access Granted 2007 TV Series
38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Def Poetry 2002-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops 2006 Documentary Himself
God Gave Rock & Roll to You 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2006 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Def Comedy Jam 2006 TV Series Himself
Behind the Label 2006 TV Series Himself
Fashion Rocks 2006 TV Movie Himself
Life After Death Row 2006 Video documentary Himself
Chappelle's Show 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith 2006 TV Series Himself
Sp!t 2006 Documentary Himself
What's Hot in the Hamptons 2006 TV Series Himself
Black and Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop 2006 Video documentary Himself
The Drug Years 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lockdown, USA 2006 Documentary Himself
The Hip Hop Project 2006 Documentary Himself
The Tyra Banks Show 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
One Per Cent 2006 Documentary Himself
Slam Planet 2006 Documentary Himself
The L Word 2006 TV Series Himself
Driven 2005-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes 2006 Documentary Himself
20/20 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie Himself - Host
9/11/03: A Day in the Life of New York 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
It's the Shoes 2005 TV Series documentary
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fashion Week Diaries 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Before, During and 'After the Sunset' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Letter to the President 2005 Video documentary Himself
Biography 2002-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
NewsNight with Aaron Brown 2005 TV Series Himself
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
BET Source Hip Hop Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The 2004 BET Source Hip Hop Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
An Evening with Russell Simmons 2004 TV Movie Himself - Interviewee
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Hannity & Colmes 2004 TV Series Himself
Your World w/ Neil Cavuto 2004 TV Series Himself
Choose or Lose Presents: The Best Place to Start 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The N Word 2004 Documentary Himself
Lemonade Stories 2004 Documentary Himself
60 Minutes Wednesday 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
2004 Trumpet Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Vibe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Inside the Industry 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Wayne Brady Show 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Interscope Presents 'The Next Episode' 2003 TV Series
Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic 2003 Video documentary short Himself, chairman, Def Jam Music Group
WWE Raw 2003 TV Series Himself
Hip Hop Babylon 2 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 2003 2003 TV Special Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Visionary Award PGA Awards
2011 Excellence in Media Award GLAAD Media Awards
2009 Vanguard Award Image Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Stand-Up Comedy Special or Series Def Comedy Jam (1992) · Stan Lathan (executive producer/director)
· Sandy Wernick (executive producer)
· Marjorie Clarke (associate producer)
· Jeff Ross (producer)


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#Fact
1 Father of Jamal Simmons.
2 Brother-in-law of Justine Simmons.
3 Uncle of Angela Simmons, Vanessa Simmons, Joseph Simmons Jr., Daniel Simmons, Russell Simmons Jr. and Miley Simmons.
4 Tyra Banks is the godmother of his daughter Ming Lee
5 Second daughter, Aoki Lee, was born on August 16, 2002. Her mother is Kimora Lee Simmons.
6 Son of Daniel Simmons
7 Brother of Daniel J. Simmons and Joseph Simmons.
8 Is a vegan
9 Passed up on signing Madonna to his Def Jam Recordings in the early 1980s.
10 In 1992, he founded Phat Farm, a popular brand of urban clothing (wife Kimora Lee Simmons later launched her own extension of the line, called Baby Phat).
11 Father, with Kimora Lee Simmons, of Ming Lee (daughter, born Jan. 21, 2000).
12 He and Kimora Lee Simmons were married in St. Bart's by his brother, Rev. Joseph Simmons (aka "Run" of Run-D.M.C.).
13 Older brother of Rev Run (Joseph Simmons) of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C..
14 CEO of Rush Communications Inc.
15 Co-founded Def Jam Recordings with Rick Rubin in 1984.

#Quote
1 I've been meditating for twenty years. Ive been practicing yoga for twenty years. I've been writing books on happiness for ten years. I think everyone in the hip-hop community knows Uncle Rush as a person who promotes well-being..I want to go to Chicago and get Rahm Emanuel to put meditation in the schools.
2 I run a fashion company, Argyle Culture. I run three digital companies: All Def Digital, Narrative and Global Grind.com. I run four charities. I'm able to do a lot because I meditate. Meditation helped me to be more expansive in my abilities, but it also allowed me freedom to not carry the anxiety and weight that people associate with worldly pursuits.
3 The drug laws took innocent diseased people, locked them up, educated them in criminal behavior and dumped them back in the hood without a chance for employment or any opportunity to be good parts of society. That's why I occupied [Wall Street]. That's why I slept in the park. Only once. I live across the street.
4 [on the death of James Gandolfini] Not Tony Soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace...


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