Meet Master Mogul Russell Simmons 10 Facts
A few fun facts, history, and things you may not know about entrepreneur Russell Simmons.
1. Born October 4, 1957 a Libra.
2. Responsible for signing musicians such as The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and Run-D.M.C in his early 20's.
3. Dropped out of City College to promote local musicians including Kurtis Blow.
4. He created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics. He also produced Def Poetry, begun as a television series on HBO, which also branched into a Broadway live stage production in 2002. In 2000, he co-founded the Internet start-up 360 Hip Hop which he later sold to BET. He is also majority shareholder of the website Global Grind.
5. In 1999 sold his stake in Def Jam Records to Universal Music Group for $120 million.
6. A strict vegan, yoga enthusiast, and philanthropist.
7. Author of Do You! 12 Laws To Access The Power In You To Achieve Hapiness And Success.
8. Married model Kimora Lee Simmons in 1998 and divorced in 2008.
9. Father of Ming and Aoki Simmons.
10. Tyra Banks is the godmother of his daughter Ming Lee