Joseph Simmons Net Worth
Joseph Simmons has an estimated net worth of $70 million. He is known as “DJ Run” and “Rev Run” in the NYC area and he is one of the known founding members of Run-D.M.C., another popular rap group. He was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hame of Fame recently.
Who Is Joseph ‘Reverend Run’ Simmons?
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Joseph “Run” Simmons formed the pioneering rap group Run-D.M.C. with Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jam Master Jay. Exploding onto the music scene in 1983, the group ushered hip-hop into the mainstream. In his solo career, Simmons has taken many turns, from musical artist to ordained minister to reality-show star to self-help author.
Becoming DJ Run
Joseph Ward Simmons, known also as Reverend Run and DJ Run, was born November 14, 1964, in Queens, New York and was raised in the middle-class neighborhood of Hollis. He is the younger brother of painter Danny Simmons and Russell Simmons, an entertainment entrepreneur and founder of Def Jam Recordings. His father, Daniel, worked as an attendance supervisor for the borough’s school system and later as a professor.
Simmons’ start in music came in 1978, when he was a deejay for Kurtis Blow, one of rap’s early pioneers, whom Simmons’ brother Russell had started managing. Because of his quick ability to cut between two turntables, Simmons earned the nickname DJ Run.
As his stage confidence grew, Simmons began stepping up behind the mic and engaging in verbal duels with Blow. He then played recordings of the performances for his high school friend Darryl McDaniels (aka DMC), and the two decided to form a rap duo. They then turned to another high school buddy, Jason William Mizell (Jam Master Jay), to scratch a few records for them. When they liked what they heard, Simmons and McDaniels asked Mizell to join them and the trio Run-D.M.C. was born.
Personal Life and Family
Among other charities he supports, Joseph Simmons and his brothers co-founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which is dedicated to helping inner-city children and young artists.
Simmons and his first wife, Valerie Vaughn, have three children together, Vanessa, Angela and Joseph “Jojo” Jr. He married Justine Jones in 1994, and the couple have two sons together, Daniel and Russell, and daughter Miley Justine, whom they adopted in 2007. Their baby Victoria died shortly after being born in 2006.
Joseph Simmons Bio Info
Full name: Joseph Ward Simmons
Born: 14 November 1964 (age 53 years), Hollis, New York City, New York, United States
Children: Diggy Simmons, Vanessa Simmons, Russell Simmons II, MORE
Spouse: Justine Simmons (m. 1994), Valerie Vaughn (m. 1983–1992)
Music group: Run-D.M.C. (1981 – 2002)
Joseph Simmons Quotes
- Abuse is abuse, Be nice… Harsh words don’t break bones but they often break hearts. – Joseph Simmons
- There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. – Joseph Simmons
- You can tell how much you believe God loves you and how much you trust him by how often you pray. – Joseph Simmons
- Being happy doesn’t mean every thing’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. – Joseph Simmons
- Being a bully on the internet is a sign of insecurity and weakness. – Joseph Simmons
Joseph Simmons Videos on YouTube
After landing in the country’s capital, Rev. Run and his family head to a local market and chow down on some cheaply good tacos.
EBONY Magazine interviews Joseph and Justine Simmons.