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Russell Simmons net worth:
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Russell Simmons Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

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 Comedy2016TV Movie executive producer post-production
Codes of Conduct2018TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Major Deal2016executive producer
All Def Movie Awards2016TV Movie executive producer
The Big Leaf2015TV Movie executive producer
Hungry2013TV Series executive producer
Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus2012TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The House I Live In2012Documentary executive producer
Lemon2011/IDocumentary executive producer
B-Rock2011Short executive producer
Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at the El Rey2010TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Daddy's Girls2009TV Series executive producer - 15 episodes
Run's HouseTV Series documentary executive producer - 53 episodes, 2005 - 2009 field producer - 5 episodes, 2007
Russell Simmons Presents Brave New VoicesTV Series executive producer - 6 episodes, 2009 co-executive producer - 1 episode, 2009
American Mogul: Russell Simmons2009TV Movie executive producer
Def Comedy Jam1992-2008TV Series executive producer - 35 episodes
Def Poetry2002-2007TV Series documentary executive producer - 44 episodes
Waist Deep2006executive producer
The History Makers2005Video documentary executive producer
Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice2004TV Series executive producer
The Industry2004Video documentary executive producer
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentary executive producer
Are You Hip-Hop's Biggest Fan?2000TV Movie executive producer
How to Be a Player1997producer
Gridlock'd1997executive producer
The Funeral1996associate producer
The Nutty Professor1996producer
The Addiction1995executive producer
Def Comedy Jam: Primetime1994TV Special documentary executive producer
The New Music Report1990TV Series executive producer
Tougher Than Leather1988producer
Krush Groove1985co-producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Run's House2005-2008TV Series documentary 45 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Straight Outta Compton2015writer: "Jam-Master Jay"
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards2014TV Special writer: "The Breaks"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Open Air Outreach2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap2012Documentary writer: "The Breaks"
Dance Central 22011Video Game writer: "The Breaks"
It's Kind of a Funny Story2010writer: "The Breaks"
Notorious2009writer: "The Breaks"
Who's Your Caddy?2007writer: "Tell Me When to Go" - as Russell W. Simmons
Everybody Hates Chris2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Haack: The King of Techno2004Documentary producer: "Party Machine"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video Game writer: "The Breaks"
Grand Theft Auto 32001Video 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 Singles2001TV Special documentary writer: "It's Like That"
Dude, Where's My Car?2000writer: "Bubble Bunch"
Soul Food1997writer: "The Breaks"
The Jerky Boys1995writer: "Dial a Jam"
Krush Groove1985writer: "You're Blind", "Krush Groovin'" - as R. Simmons

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undateable Johnpost-productionSuicide Hotline Operator
Donny!2015TV SeriesRussell Simmons
Real Husbands of Hollywood2013-2015TV SeriesRussell Simmons
Hungry2013TV SeriesRussell
Def Jam: Icon2007Video GameRush (voice)
Butter1998Celebrity Guest #2
Krush Groove1985Crocket

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic2003Video documentary short executive board: Def Jam
The Addiction1995presenter
Krush Groove1985story consultant

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Def Comedy Jam: All Stars Vol. 111999TV Special
Def Comedy Jam: All Stars Vol. 121999TV Special

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Run-DMC: Together Forever - Greatest Hits 1983-20002000Video composer: songs "You Talk Too Much" and "Beats to the Rhyme"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Free the Nipple2014very special thanks
Laff Mobb Presents2012TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Politics of Love2011the producers wish to thank
Strictly Business1991special thanks: Rush Communications

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beef2003DocumentaryHimself - President, Def Jam Records
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Special Theatrical Event
Death of a Dynasty2003Himself (uncredited)
Paper Chasers2003DocumentaryHimself
Inside Hip Hop2003Video documentaryHimself
Hip-Hop VIPs2002Video documentaryHimself
American Rap Stars2002Video documentaryHimself
Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay: The Last Interview2002TV Short documentaryHimself
Brown Sugar2002Himself
The Hamptons2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Street Dreams2002TV MovieHimself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Heroes of Black Comedy2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Last Poets2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Headliners & Legends: Will Smith2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake...2001DocumentaryHimself
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Cribs2001TV SeriesHimself
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Journeys in Black2000TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moesha1996TV SeriesHimself
Lauren Hutton and...1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Show1995DocumentaryHimself
Dennis Miller Live1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase1992TV SeriesHimself
The Media Show1990TV SeriesHimself
House of Style1989TV SeriesHimself
Tougher Than Leather1988Himself
Big Fun in the Big Town1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19851985TV SpecialHimself
Lost in America2017Documentary post-productionHimself
The Survivor's Guide to Prison2017Documentary post-productionHimself
G-Funk2016Documentary filming
A Fatherless America2017DocumentaryHimself
The Tomorrow Show2016TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2016TV SeriesHimself
On Meditation2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta2016TV SeriesHimself
Red, White and Bootsy2016TV MovieHimself
Unsung2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Vegan: Everyday Stories2016DocumentaryHimself
Urban Sutra2016Documentary
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2016TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself - Surprise Appearance
Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
The Dr. Oz Show2016TV SeriesHimself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather2016TV SeriesHimself
The Real2016TV SeriesHimself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You2016DocumentaryHimself
The Chew2016TV SeriesHimself - Author, The Happy Vegan
The Wendy Williams Show2010-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
CBS This Morning2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Author, The Happy Vegan / Himself - Guest
Growing Up Hip Hop2016TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual Noble Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Punk'd2015TV SeriesHimself
Unity2015DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
PoliticKING with Larry King2015TV SeriesHimself - guest
Dr. Mona Vand: The Modern Pharmacist2015TV SeriesHimself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
K.Michelle: My Life2014TV SeriesHimself
Real Husbands of Hollywood2014TV SeriesHimself
Revolt Live2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Message2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (2014)
A Healthy You & Carol Alt2014TV SeriesHimself - Author
Awake: The Life of Yogananda2014DocumentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Home & Family2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Now2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton2014TV SeriesHimself
Bethenny2014TV SeriesHimself
Imus in the Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - Author
The Tanning of America2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Teddy Ray & DoBoy: Blowin' Up2014TV SeriesHimself
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network2013TV SeriesHimself
Global Citizen Festival2013TV MovieHimself
The Muslims Are Coming!2013DocumentaryHimself
2013 Do Something Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Fashion News Live2005-2013TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Music2000-2013TV Series documentaryHimself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesHimself
Chrissy & Mr. Jones2012TV SeriesHimself
The Men Who Built America2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Co-Founder, Def Jam
Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey2012Video documentaryHimself
How to Make Money Selling Drugs2012DocumentaryHimself
All in for the 99%2012ShortHimself
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon2012TV MovieHimself
Change Begins Within2012TV MovieHimself
Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D2012Documentary shortHimself
The Apprentice2004-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Customer / Himself - Pizza Customer
The Tents2012DocumentaryHimself
The Corner Store Kids2011Documentary short
Democracy Now!2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHimself
All About Aubrey2011TV SeriesHimself
Pass the Bucket2011TV Series documentary
Real Time with Bill Maher2004-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jump Start Live2011TV SeriesHimself
Fair Game?2010DocumentaryHimself
Running Russell Simmons2010TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2010TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Naughty But Nice with Rob Shuter2010TV Series 2010
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Music2010DocumentaryHimself
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Cove: My Friend is...2010ShortHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2010TV SeriesHimself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Life in the Game2009Video documentaryHimself
Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photographer Johnny Nunez2009DocumentaryHimself
Rap Therapy2009DocumentaryHimself
The Brian McKnight Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
This Is Jim Jones2009Video documentaryHimself
The Real Housewives of New York City2009TV SeriesHimself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
American Mogul: Russell Simmons2009TV MovieHimself
Bring Your 'A' Game2009Documentary shortHimself - Co-founder Def Jam Records
Life on the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown2009DocumentaryHimself
CNN Presents: Black in America2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
BET Hip Hop Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2005-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
What's at Stake?2008TV MovieHimself
2 Turntables and a Microphone2008DocumentaryHimself
Hotel Gramercy Park2008DocumentaryHimself
America's Newsroom2008TV SeriesHimself
Run's House2005-2008TV Series documentaryHimself / Uncle Russell
The Black List: Volume One2008DocumentaryHimself
What Perez Sez2007TV SeriesHimself
J.A.M. Awards & Concert2007TV SpecialHimself
Screen Nation Television and Film Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2007TV SeriesHimself
106 & Park Top 10 Live2005-2007TV SeriesHimself - Def Comedy Jam DVD Cover / Himself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In Prison My Whole Life2007DocumentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself
Access Granted2007TV Series
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Def Poetry2002-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops2006DocumentaryHimself
God Gave Rock & Roll to You2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2006TV MovieHimself - Honoree
Def Comedy Jam2006TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Label2006TV SeriesHimself
Fashion Rocks2006TV MovieHimself
Life After Death Row2006Video documentaryHimself
Chappelle's Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
Sp!t2006DocumentaryHimself
What's Hot in the Hamptons2006TV SeriesHimself
Black and Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop2006Video documentaryHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lockdown, USA2006DocumentaryHimself
The Hip Hop Project2006DocumentaryHimself
The Tyra Banks Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
One Per Cent2006DocumentaryHimself
Slam Planet2006DocumentaryHimself
The L Word2006TV SeriesHimself
Driven2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes2006DocumentaryHimself
20/202005TV Series documentaryHimself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2005TV MovieHimself - Host
9/11/03: A Day in the Life of New York2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's the Shoes2005TV Series documentary
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fashion Week Diaries2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Before, During and 'After the Sunset'2005Video documentaryHimself
Letter to the President2005Video documentaryHimself
Biography2002-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
NewsNight with Aaron Brown2005TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The 32nd Annual American Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
BET Source Hip Hop Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The 2004 BET Source Hip Hop Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
An Evening with Russell Simmons2004TV MovieHimself - Interviewee
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hannity & Colmes2004TV SeriesHimself
Your World w/ Neil Cavuto2004TV SeriesHimself
Choose or Lose Presents: The Best Place to Start2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The N Word2004DocumentaryHimself
Lemonade Stories2004DocumentaryHimself
60 Minutes Wednesday2004TV Series documentaryHimself
2004 Trumpet Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Vibe Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Inside the Industry2003Video documentaryHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Interscope Presents 'The Next Episode'2003TV Series
Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic2003Video documentary shortHimself, chairman, Def Jam Music Group
WWE Raw2003TV SeriesHimself
Hip Hop Babylon 22003TV Movie documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Visionary AwardPGA Awards
2011Excellence in Media AwardGLAAD Media Awards
2009Vanguard AwardImage Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993CableACECableACE AwardsStand-Up Comedy Special or SeriesDef Comedy Jam (1992)· Stan Lathan (executive producer/director)
· Sandy Wernick (executive producer)
· Marjorie Clarke (associate producer)
· Jeff Ross (producer)


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

#Quote
1I'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.
2I 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.
3The 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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