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Russell Simmons’ Net Worth 2023: Age, Height, Wife, Kids, Books

How much is Russell Simmons’ net worth?

Net Worth in 2024USD $340 million
Full NameRussell Wendell Simmons
Nick Name Russell
Birth PlaceQueens, New York, USA
BirthdayOctober 4, 1957
Age/How old? 65 years old (as of 2024)
Height/how tall?5 feet 9 inches (180 cm)
Occupation Entrepreneur, Author
Sun SignLibra
Girlfriend/PartnerHana Nitshe (2012-2013)
Spouse/WifeKimora Lee (1998-2009)
Children 2
Daughter  Ming Lee Simmons, Aoki Lee Simmons
Info UpdatedJune 2024
Who is Russell Simmons? Biography

Russell Simmons  is a famous American entrepreneur widely recognized for founding  the hip-hop label, “Def Jam Recordings.” As of 2024, Russell Simmons’s net worth is $340 million.

Moreover, he is also a record executive, film producer, and author. Simmons also owns the clothing fashion lines Argyleculture, Phat Farm, and Tantris.

He has been assaulted by 20 women for sexual misconduct. As a result, 

He was stepped down from his position due to these allegations. 

Russell Simmons’ Age & Birthday

Russell Simmons was born on October 4, 1957, in Queens, New York City, New York. He is 65 years old as of 2024.

Simmons’s birth name is Russell Wendell Simmons.

Russell’s father was a public school administrator. On the other hand, his mother was a park administrator in New York.

He was raised with his two brothers,  Daniel Simmons, Jr. and Joseph Simmons.

After graduating in 1975 from August Martin High School, he attended the City College of New York where he met with DJ/Bboy, Kurt Walker.

Kurt influenced Russell for participating in the hip-hop phenomenon.

Russell Simmons’ Net Worth & Salary

Russell Simmons is a well-known American entrepreneur and records executive who has a net worth of $340 million.

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He gathered his wealth by producing many commercially successful tv shows and films.

Apart from the above, he received huge success as the chairman of Rush Communications. He also produced music for various artists. 

Besides, a big part of Russell Simmons’ net worth came from his clothing lines such as  Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. 

Nowadays, the above clothing lines are multibillion-dollar enterprises.

How does Russell Simmons’ Net Worth Peak at $340 Million?

How did Russell Simmons' Net Worth and wealth Reach $340 Million in 2024?
How much is Russell Simmons’s net worth and Earning

Here are  Russell’s career highlights which are responsible for Russell Simmons’ net worth which stands at $340 million these days.

In 1985, he co-founded Def Jam with an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Simmons,  Rick Rubin.

Rick sold his share to Universal Music Group in 1996  for $120 million.

In 1985, 5′ 7″ Simmons appeared in the film musical drama film, Krush Groove. 

His company,  Rush Communications Inc., is involved in more than ten businesses as well as non-profit organizations.

Later, he produced tv hits HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam with his partner Stan Lathan.

In 1996, he co-produced the science fiction dark comedy film,  The Nutty Professor, appearing actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy.

After producing another hit Bellamy, he  co-founded  a prepaid debit card provider, “RushCard.”

Later he launched his clothing line, “Phat Fashions LLC.”

Phat Fashions consists hip hop clothing for both women, men as well as children.

Also Phat grew into a lifestyle brand of other merchandise,  jewelry, and perfume.

In 2004, Simmons sold Phat Farm and Baby Phat for $140 million to the Kellwood Company. 

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He founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation with his brothers in 1995.

The above foundation was established with the mission to provide art education to under-serviced youth by offering exhibition opportunities. To date, it serves more than  3,000 students annually.

Russell Simmons Books

Apart from being an entrepreneur, he is also an author. As an author, he made a huge name as well as raised his net worth.

Book Writing and releasing also contributed huge wealth to Russell Simmons’ net worth.

Here is the list of books written by Simmons:

  • The Happy Vegan
  • Super Rich: Inside and Out
  • Russell Simmons’ Laws of Success: 12 Proven Steps to Achieving Happiness
  • Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
  • Life and Def: S*x, Dr*gs, Money, + God

Other Business Ventures

Russell founded a company, Unirush LLC which provides pre-paid debit cards to low-income groups.

Later he sold his company to the Green Dot Corporation in 2017 for $147 million.

He was involved in many other business ventures such as book publishing, websites, energy drink companies, and many more. 

Russell Simmons’ Net Worth Estimates (Last 5 years)

Net Worth YearTotal Income
2022$320 million
2021$300 million
2020$275 million
2019$250 million
2018$220 million

Russell Simmons Height, Weight, and Physical Stats

Do you want to know the physical appearance, height, and weight of Russell Simmons? Have a look below:

Height5 feet 9 inches or (180 cm)
Weight86 kg (189 lbs)
Hair ColorSalt & Pepper
Eye ColorBlack
Shoe Size8 US

Russell Simmons’ Wife & Kids (daughters)

Why Did Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Divorce?
Russell Simmons’ ex-wife

In November 1992, Russell met model Kimora Lee and started to date each other.

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On  December 20, 1998, the entrepreneur married Kimora Lee.

Together, the couple was blessed with two daughters. 

Their first daughter, Ming Lee was born in 2000. Whereas Russell Simmons’ second daughter was born in 2002.

In March 2006, he announced that he ended his relationship with his wife, Kimora Lee.

Finally, in 2008, the couple parted their ways legally. 

Russell Simmons’ Memorable Quotes and Sayings

Russell Simmons' best Memorable Quotes

“It is crucial that rappers have the chance to express the truth that is in their heart.”

Whatever obstacles appear in your path, put your head down and get past them. Those obstacles aren’t real. They’re just God’s way of testing you. He’s asking you, ‘Do you want to make it or not?’

Russell Simmons’ Social Media Profiles

Russell Simmons is active on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

He has more than 3.5 million followers on his Facebook account, and he has about 1.6 million followers on his Instagram account as of 2 Jan 2024.

Facebook Account:

Instagram Account (@unclerush):


Russell Simmons is one of the world’s most distinguished businessmen. Additionally, in 2009, he was made the UN Slavery Memorial Goodwill Ambassador by Ban Ki-moon.

As of 2024, Russell Simmons’ net worth stands at $340 million. 

Quick Recap

What is Russell Simmons’ net worth?

Russell Simmons‘ net worth in 2023 reaches USD $340 million Approx.

How tall is Russell Simmons?

Russell Simmons has a height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.80 m) tall.

How old is Russell Simmons?

Being born on October 4, 1957, Russell Simmons is 65 years old as of today’s date 5 Jan 2023.

What is Russell Simmons’ real name?

Russell Simmons‘ real name or birth name is Russell Wendell Simmons.

How many kids does Russell Simmons have?

He had two children, Ming Lee Simmons (Daughter) and Aoki Lee Simmons (Daughter), with his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons.

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