Born as Joseph Ward Simmons on 24th of November 1964 in Queens, New York, Rev Run or otherwise known as DJ Run has an estimated net worth of $70 million. He is best known as a founder member of one of the most influential groups of hip hop of its time – Run-D.M.C.
Joseph Simmons has amassed his wealth from the music industry working as a rapper, producer and DJ as well as an actor. Before linking up with co-founders of Run-D.M.C. in 1981, Rev Run was initially a lead vocalist with The Force – a hip hop group. After co-founding Run-D.M.C. with Jam Master Jay otherwise known as DJ Jason and Darryl McDaniels better known as DMC, they went ahead and became one of the lead groups in highlighting the relationship between DJs and MCs; something that gave them popularity along with other huge industry names like LL Cool J, Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys.
Simmons and his group were actually the first group to have a gold album in the shape of Run-D.M.C. in 1984 and a platinum record with King of Rock the following year, in addition to receiving a Grammy Award nominee. His continued love for hip hop led to his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As an actor, Joseph Simmons became popular after featuring on the MTV series Run’s House in 2005 for six seasons.
Outside celebrity life, Rev Run is a father of six (one deceased) and a husband to two - Valerie Vaughn and Justine Jones; both of whom he married in 1983 and 1994 respectively. Valerie is the mother to Angela, Vanessa, and Joseph Jr. while Justine is the mother to Danielle III, Russell II and Victoria, who is deceased. Victoria’s death, caused by a birth condition known as omphalocele, was allowed to be documented by the MTV crew with the Simmons, now working as ministers, determined to show the world how ministers would handle such a tragic incident.