Russell Simmons is a business tycoon of American origin. Simmons is the Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications and the co-founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam. He established the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Simmons launched an original content channel on YouTube, 'All Def Digital'. It has over a million subscribers. Simmons is ranked as the 'third richest figure in hip hop' and his net-worth was $340 million in 2011.
Russell Simmons was born on October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York. His father was a public school administrator and his mother was the administrator at the New York City park. He has two brothers, Daniel Simmons Jr. and Rev Run, both of whom are painters. Simmons did his graduation from August Martin High School. He attended the City College of New York where he met Kurt Walker, a DJ. Kurt Walker introduced him to the world of hip hop.