Learn five interesting facts about the woman who helped build Russell Simmons’ empire…his former wife Kimora Lee Simmons!
Who is Kimora Lee Simmons?
Kimora Lee Simmons was born Kimora Lee Perkins in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother is Japanese and her father was African American. Kimora has always been both beautiful and tall, having reached 5 feet 10 inches in height by the time she was 10 years old. Read on to learn more about Kimora Lee Simmons the mother, wife, mogul, designer and model.
Kimora Lee Simmons has a net worth of a whopping $50 million. This is in Dependent of the net worth of any of her husbands.
She’s Russell Simmons’ Ex Wife
Kimora Lee Simmons met Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def-Jam Records, during New York Fashion Week in November of 1992. Russell Simmons is the co-producer of the hit movie “The Nutty Professor” and several HBO comedy shows. At the time that Russell Simmons met Kimora, she was 17 and Russell Simmons was 35. While he didn’t hide the fact that he was a ladies’ man, he was smitten by Kimora Lee Simmons and began a serious relationship with her soon after. In December of 1998 Kimora Lee Simmons became Russell Simmons’ wife and the pair were married by his brother Joey “Reverend Run” Simmons. Together Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons built multi-million dollar businesses together and raised two daughters, Ming Lee Simmons and Aoki Lee Simmons. Both Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons are both extremely philanthropic. Together they have supported numerous causes such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and their combined organization named the Rush Philanthropic where Kimora Lee Simmons is on the Board of directors. March 18th, 2008 was named Kimora Day in St. Louis by the major of the City in response to Kimora Lee Simmons’ constant service and giving back to her community.
She is a Business Mogul and Fashion Designer
Phat Farms & Baby Phat
While she was married to Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons was the Creative Director of their fashion line, Phat Farm. Kimora was the creative and business force behind their $140-million-dollar company, and not just because she was the wife of the CEO. When Phat Farm was sold to Kellwood Company in 2007, Kimora was brought on as Kellwood’s President and Creative Director of their Phat Fashions segment. After leaving Kellwood, Simmons went on to be the Creative Director and President of JustFab, a user-friendly personalized shopping company with an internet shopping interface from September of 2011 to May of 2015.
Even while working in highly powerful positions in fashion companies, Kimora Lee Simmons managed to sponsor KLS Rushcard while also creating her own line of cards within the financial company. She also authored a self-help book titled “Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It” in 2006 that focuses on helping women create outstanding lives in every area including finances.
If designing, writing and being an overall boss are not enough accolades, Kimora Lee Simmons took things a step further by creating and launching highly popular feminine perfumes, including: Baby Phat Goddess, Golden Goddess, Seductive Goddess, Baby Phat Fabulosity, Luv Me and Baby Phat Dare Me. She began launching fragrances in 2005 with Baby Phat Goddess which is a mixture of gardenia, lilac, rose and hyacinth. She continued releasing perfumes until 2011. Each scent was made in collaboration with popular perfumers Jean-Claude Delville and Givuadan.
Hello Kitty High End Jewelry
Kimora Lee Simmons, creator of Simmons Jewelry Co. partnered with Hello Kitty in the Spring of 2005 to launch “Kimora Lee Simmons for Hello Kitty” in Neiman Marcus. The line of exclusively created jewelry was designed by Kimora Lee Simmons with prices ranging between $300 to $5,000. The Hello Kitty collection by Kimora Lee was expanded in 2008 with another collection of jewelry and watches being released in conjunction with the Zales Corporation.
She’s a Mother
Kimora Lee Simmons was always vocal about wanting more kids after her marriage with Russell Simmons ended. She went on to have two more baby boys in her next relationships. Her ex-husband is the God-Father of her youngest son with her current husband Tim Leissner.
She’s Had Multiple Marriages
In March of 2006, Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons separated after less than ten years of marriage. Kimora Lee filed for divorce from Russell two years later in 2008 and their divorce was finalized in January of 2009.
While Kimora Lee Simmons was separated from Russell Simmons, she began dating actor and model Djimon Hounsou. Although they were never legally married, they held a traditional Benin commitment ceremony and had one child, Kenzo Lee Hounsou together. The couple never legally married in the United States and announced their separation in November 2012.
While Kimora Lee Simmons never stays single for long, fans were shocked to learn that she had indeed secretly married Tim Leissner, a former senior, Golden Sachs Group banker in the years after her relationship with Hounsou ended. Currently Kimora Lee Simmons is still married to Tim Weissner and has changed her name to Kimora Lee Leissner. The couple has a son together that they named Wolfe Lee Leisner. Wolfe was born in April 2015. The couple has several children from previous marriages. In order to accommodate all of their kids, Tim and Kimora purchased a $25 million house in Beverly Park. The blended Simmons-Leissner family, including Russell Simmons, who is the God-father to baby Wolfe Lee, spend lots of time together in their mega mansion in the highly guarded area. Previously, in 2014, Tim Leissner purchased a whopping 8th floor apartment for his wife and step-children in Manhattan and had renovated it to be just enough house for their then smaller family.
She Started Modeling at a Young Age
At age 11 Kimora Lee Simmons was entered into a modeling class by her mother. By the time she was 13 she was discovered by major modeling executives and sent to model in Paris. While she did graduate high school, Kimora instantly became a modeling sensation in her early teen years when she secured a modeling contract with Chanel. Kimora has walked for many major designers, including Fendi, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Long before she was the wife of the famous producer, Kimora Lee Simmons made a name for herself in every major fashion house in the world and walked dozens of runways for high end fashion lines. Kimora Lee Simmons is one fierce woman.