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Russell Simmons Biography

Biplov Barakoti Fri Nov, 2017
Russell Simmons

Facts of Russell Simmons

Date of Birth: 1957 , October-4
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch

Quick Timeline of Russell Simmons

1957 Born in Queens, New York
1975 Influenced by DJ/Bboy
1983 Co-founded Def Jam
1998 Married to Kimora Lee
2002 Published his First Book
2017 Rape Allegations
2018 Current Net worth

Detail Timeline of Russell Simmons

October 4 , 1957

Born in Queens, New York

Russell Simmons was born on 4th October 1957 in Queens, New York. He was born to father, Daniel Simmons, and mother, Evelyn Simmons and grew up along with his siblings Joseph and Daniel Simmons Jr.

1975

Influenced by DJ/Bboy

After completing graduation from August Martin High School, he attended the City College of New York, where he met young DJ/Bboy and influenced by him to participate in the hip-hop phenomenon.  

1983

Co-founded Def Jam

In 1983, Russell co-founded Def Jam, music company, with Rick Rubin, record producer and co-president of Columbia Records. Rick sold his share to Universal Music Group for $120 million in 1996.  

December 20 , 1998

Married to Kimora Lee

Russell Simmons married to Kimora Lee, a model, on the island of Saint Barthelemy in 1998. The couple birth to their first child, Ming Lee, in 2000, and second child, Aoki Lee, in 2002. After eight years of marital relationship, the couple announced their divorce in 2006. 

 

2002

Published his First Book

Russell Simmons is also an author and collecting all his experiences from the entertainment and personal life, he has written several books. His first book, Life, and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + Gold, was published in 2002. 

2017

Rape Allegations

Russell has been accused of sexually assaulting Keri Claussen Khalighi, a model, in 1991. According to her, When she was 17 years old and Simmons was 35, he forced her to perform oral sex on him at his apartment and raped her in the shower but Russell claims it as false and fake. 

 

2018

Current Net worth

Russell Simmons has earned pretty well. His sources of income include his recording company, of which he is both a CEO and chairman and fashion lines, among others. It is estimated that his current net worth is around $350 million.  

 

Content

In 1983, Russell co-founded Def Jam with Rick Rubin, record producer and co-president of Columbia Records. Having gained the knowledge of music production, he started his own business and became the CEO of Rush Communication Inc. where he runs over ten for-profit business and three non-profit business.   

On the other side, Russel Simmons is also an author. Collecting all his experiences from the entertainment and personal life, he has written several books. He published Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + Gold in 2002, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway in 2005, Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success in 2008, Super Rich in 2011, Success Through Stillness in 2014 and The Happy Vegan in 2015.

Russell is vegan, a person who does not eat or use animal products since 1999. He is the supporter of Farm Sanctuary, which works against animal cruelty. He was awarded PETA Humanitarian Award in 2001 and Person of the Year Award in 2011 for his outstanding work. Additionally, he is a strong supporter of gay rights and same-sex marriage.

Moving toward his personal life, Russell Simmons married his girlfriend Kimora Lee, a model, in 1998. The couple started dating since 1992 and married on the island of Saint Barthelemy. Russell and Kimora gave birth to their first child, Ming Lee, in 2000, and second child, Aoki Lee, in 2002. After eight years of marital relationship, the couple announced their divorce in 2006. 

After getting divorced for his first wife, Simmons dated several girlfriends. He had an affair with Hana Nitsche, Melissa George, Angela Martini, Heidy Allende, Jaslene Gonzalez, Paige Butcher, Noemie Lenoir, Julie Henderson, Sophie Monk, Katie Rost, etc. But he didn' t married or had any children with his girlfriends. 

Recently, Russell has been through rape allegations since November 2017. Russell accused of sexually assaulting Keri Claussen Khalighi, a model, in 1991. According to her, When she was 17 years old and Simmons was 35, he forced her to perform oral sex on him at his apartment and raped her in the shower.  

Being an American entrepreneur, producer, and author, Russell Simmons earned pretty well. His sources of income include his recording company of which he is both a CEO and chairman of fashion lines. His current estimated net worth is around $350 million.