Russell Simmons

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs
COMPANY: Rush Communications
INDUSTRY: Fashion, Music

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: The founder of Rush Communications, which has a hand in music, fashion, art, media, telecom, philanthropy, jewelry, and more, can be credited with starting the hip-hop movement through the founding of Def Jam Recordings. In May 2009, Simmons was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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