Russell Simmons was born October 4, 1957, in Queens, New York. As the co-founder of Def Jam Records and creator of the Phat Farm clothing line, he is the fourth-richest man in the hip-hop entertainment industry. In May 2005, he began blogging for The Huffington Post, and he became the editor-in-chief of the website Global Grind in 2009. The older brother of Rev. Joseph Simmons, a.k.a. “Run” of the legendary rap group Run-DMC, Russell is also known for his high-profile relationship with former wife Kimora Lee Simmons, a former model and current C.E.O. of the Baby Phat clothing line. The couple met at New York fashion week in 1992, married in 1998 and had two daughters before divorcing in 2009. Russell’s latest project, the Oxygen reality show Running Russell Simmons, focuses on the women who help him maintain his businesses and status.
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