Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons
Real Name/Full Name Russell Wendell Simmons
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Russell Simmons
Birth Place: Queens, New York City
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 4 October 1957
Age/How Old: 66 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 177 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
Weight: In Kilograms – 84 Kg
In Pounds – 185 lbs
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Bald
Parents Name: Father – Daniel Simmons
Mother – Evelyn Simmons
Siblings: Daniel Simmons, Joseph Simmons
School: August Martin High School
College: City College of New York
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Kimora Lee
Kids/Children Name: Ming Lee, Aoki Lee
Profession: Entrepreneur, writer, film producer
Net Worth: $350 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Russell Wendell is one of the most controversial record producers in the United States. His exemplary work in the music industry was brought down by his sexual conduct. His most recognized work is with Def Jam Recording based in Manhattan. The record has worked with the biggest names in the music industry who include Kanye West, Teyana Taylor, Fabolous, Rihanna, Big Sean and Nasty C among others.

He is also associated with Phat Farm working as its chairman and CEO until a few years back when he stepped down. This was as a result of being accused of assault and sexual harassment by around 20 women, accusations he all denies. With all this work, Russell’s brought his downfall all in the name of becoming a sex predator.

Well, how well do you know about Russell Simmons? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Russell Simmons’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Russell Simmons to date.

Biography and Early Life

Russell Wendell Simmons was born on 4th October 1957 in New York City. He is the son of Daniel Simmons who worked as a public school administrator and Evelyn Simmons who was a park administrator. He was raised with two brothers, Daniel Simmons Jr., and Joseph Simmons. The three brothers grew up in a middle-class neighborhood known as Hollis in New York City. Daniel is a painter while Joseph is a musician known for his days with the hip hop group Run-DMC.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Russell Simmons in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Russell Simmons’s age is 66 years old as of today’s date 20th July 2024 having been born on 4 October 1957. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 177 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 185 lbs in Pound and 84kg in Kilograms.


Life growing up in Hollis neighborhood gave boys a good life and education many who lived in Ghettos couldn’t get. Russell joined the school in Hollis before joining August Martin High School for his studies. After his high school graduation, he joined City College of New York to continue with his studies. This is where he met Kurt Walker a DJ by then who introduced him to hip hop. After hearing DJ Eddie Cheeba perform, made the decision to pursue hip hop as his career.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

With his celebrity life being in the eye of the media, his private life hasn’t been spared either. He met Kimora Lee in 1992 and immediately fell in love with her and the two started dating. The two got married on 20th December 1998 on Saint Barthélemy Island. Their union is blessed with two daughters. His firstborn daughter Ming Lee was born in 2000 while Aoki Lee was born in 2002. His marriage to Kimora didn’t withstand the tides that come with fame and the two announced their separation in March 2006. Their divorce was finalized in 2008.

Apart from his relationships, Russell has been a vegan since 1999 and advocates for vegetarianism. Raised in a Christian foundation, he practices Jivamukti Yoga and refers to himself as a Christian-Yogi. Before moving to Indonesia, Russell lived in Manhattan in the NoHo neighborhood.

Is Russell Simmons Gay?

Russell is a straight man and has never been in a gay relationship. His previous relationships have been with people of opposite sex.

Professional Career

In 1984, Russell and his friend Rick Rubin co-founded Def Jam. Rick would later sell his shares to Universal Music Group for $120 million in 1996. With the firm, he was one of the producers of the film Krush Groove in 1985. In 1992, he decided to invest in a different venture and launched his clothing line which he called Phat Fashions LLC.

His first shop was in Manhattan before expanding to other states in the US. His connection to famous rap celebrities helped his clothing grow very fast. The line would later expand to become a lifestyle brand with all lifestyle merchandise as perfumes and Jewellery added to the line.


Russell has worked with famous celebrities in the world of music like Kanye West and Rihanna who have gone to win many awards with music that has been worked on by Russell. Though there is no award to his name, his work has been felt all over the world.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Russell Simmons in 2024

Russell Simmons Net Worth
Russell Simmons Net Worth

His wealth has come from his recording producing companies Phat Pham and Def Jam which have racked in millions of dollars since their foundation. His clothing was also a success earning him a fortune before selling the line for $140 million. As of 2024, he has an estimated net worth of $350 million.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He run to Bali Indonesia where he currently lives to avoid being extradited to US
  • He is an activist who advocates for animal rights
  • He is an advocate of gay rights and believes every marriage should be treated equally.

With all this success, Russell orchestrated his downfall after failing to zip-up. In 2017, Keri Claussen caused a stir in the world when she alleged Russell raped her in 1991, allegations he vehemently denied claiming the encounter was consensual. 30th November 2017, another rape allegation was raised this time by actress Jenny Lumet. Jenny claimed Russell raped her in 1991. This led to him stepping down from all the positions he held in his business ventures.

A US paper would publish a damaging investigative article where five women accused him of sexual harassment including one with a rape claim. Just like the previous accusations, he denied any wrongdoing. Later more women came out with allegations of rape and sexual harassment against him. This eventually led him to flee United States to avoid arrest and incarceration. Only time will tell if his accusers will get the justice they deserve.


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