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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 October 1957Queens, New York, USA
Nickname Rush
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Russell Simmons was born on October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry (2002), Run's House (2005) and The Nutty Professor (1996). He was previously married to Kimora Lee Simmons.

Spouse (1)

Kimora Lee Simmons (20 December 1998 - 2009) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (15)

Co-founded Def Jam Recordings with Rick Rubin in 1984.
CEO of Rush Communications Inc.
Older brother of Rev Run (Joseph Simmons) of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C..
He and Kimora Lee Simmons were married in St. Bart's by his brother, Rev. Joseph Simmons (aka "Run" of Run-D.M.C.).
Father, with Kimora Lee Simmons, of Ming Lee (daughter, born Jan. 21, 2000).
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).
Passed up on signing Madonna to his Def Jam Recordings in the early 1980s.
Is a vegan
Second daughter, Aoki Lee, was born on August 16, 2002. Her mother is Kimora Lee Simmons.
Tyra Banks is the godmother of his daughter Ming Lee
Brother-in-law of Justine Simmons.
Father of Jamal Simmons.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on the death of James Gandolfini] Not Tony Soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace...
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.
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.
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.

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