Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and creator of several fashion and accessory lines, is estimated to have a net worth of about $340.0 million. He’s currently the third richest name in hip hop and still has money coming in with new projects.

Simmons has been known to use his celebrity status and his money to bag beautiful women, most of whom have been a lot younger than he is. He even married one of them, Kimora Lee, who was only 23 when she walked down the aisle (he was 41 at the time.)

When their divorce was finalized in 2009, Simmons didn’t wait too long to pounce on another younger woman—this time it was Australian actress Melissa George. When Simmons and George first stepped out in public together, he was 53 and she was 34. She was also still married, although she separated from her husband shortly after Simmons came into the picture.


George and Simmons continued to see each other for about a year, until Simmons revealed that they had decided it was time to break up. Despite the 19 years between them, the problem wasn’t the age difference—they ended the relationship because neither of them was able to make it work over the long distance. George admitted that she hoped they would be able to work things out once her work schedule allowed her to move back to the U.S. “We have a big love. It’s something that’s not going to be easy to let go of,” she told an Australian newspaper, adding, “It’s something we need to figure out, but we’re very, very close and good friends. I have two more months of work here and then I’ll be back in New York, so we’ll see…”

As big as their love was, it wasn’t enough to stop George from finding someone else to help ease the pain. A month before saying she wanted Simmons back, the actress was spotted having a make-out session with a man at an A-list party, and when asked about what went down, she said, “It was pretty nice and pretty full on. We’ll see about that one.”

George and Simmons never did get back together. Instead, she moved on to millionaire Jean-David Blanc and Simmons started dating model Sasha Volkova (26 years younger), followed by model Hana Nitsche (28 years younger.)


“Melissa George – Melissa George Hopes To Reconcile With Russell Simmons,” web site;, last accessed July 12, 2013.


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