Walk This Way: How Rev Run's $60M Fortune Laid The Foundation For His Kids' Success
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Walk This Way: How Rev Run's $60M Fortune Laid The Foundation For His Kids' Success

Rev Run is nothing if not a legend. As one-half of the seminal Hip-Hop group Run-DMC, he was instrumental in changing how we listen to music. No longer considered the music of the streets, Hip-Hop is now part of the pop culture zeitgeist thanks to the work of Joseph Simmons and other pioneers like him. 

It is, perhaps, no surprise that Rev Run has attained a $60 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth. And even though he’s shifted his focus from more earthly matters like music, to more esoteric matters like parenting — as he did with the success of his God-centered parenting book, “Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents” — he’s passed on his business lessons to his children.

Take, for example, his oldest daughters Vanessa and Angela, who are both very successful in their own right. They first made names for themselves on the hit reality show, “Run’s House.” But despite being the daughters of the good reverend, the two ladies have certainly made a name for themselves, independent of their famous last name.

The same, too, can be said for Rev Run’s other children, which consists of seven including the late Victoria Anne Simmons. Here’s how he laid the foundation for them to make a good name for themselves — and do right by the Simmons family name. 

Editorial Note: Each net worth reported in this piece is a speculative estimate from an online source.

Vanessa Simmons

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Vanessa Simmons has a net worth of $8 million. Most of her net worth comes from her salary as an actress, model, reality star and shoe designer.

A graduate of St. John’s University, Vanessa Simmons got her start as an actress on such shows as “Guiding Light” and in the movie “Boogie Town.” After a brief stint as a model — where she made Maxim Magazine’s 2006 “Hot List” — she and her sister, Angela, launched the Pastry footwear collection in 2007. Pastry footwear was a part of the Run Athletics brand. Today, Pastry is a successful shoe brand, and it’s been named the No. 1 dance sneaker in the United States. According to the company’s official website, they’ve partnered with 22 NBA Dance Teams and 15 NFL teams.

Angela Simmons

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Angela Simmons — the younger of the two Simmons sisters — has a net worth of $7.5 million, which is just $500,000 less than her older sister. Like Vanessa, Angela is also a part-owner of the Pastry line of shoes.

But Angela also had a gig as a magazine writer. For a time, she had her own column in Word Up! magazine. Additionally, she also had a magazine of her own called Angela’s Rundown, which was named after her column in Word Up! magazine (It was also a play on words).

Today, she can be seen on “Growing up Hip-Hop.”

Joseph "JoJo" Simmons Jr.

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The oldest son of Rev. Run spends most of his time behind the camera, today, as a husband and a father of two children. But before he settled down, “JoJo,” as he was known on “Run’s House,” he made a few appearances on “Growing Up Hip Hop,” and had a role in the “King of Newark” series of films. JoJo reportedly has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Daniel Dwayne "Diggy" Simmons

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Named after the Rev’s brother — the acclaimed artist Daniel Simmons — “Diggy” is perhaps best known for his musical career. After having a few hit songs in the early 2010s, he starred in “Grown-ish” from 2018 to 2021. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Diggy Simmons has an estimated net worth of $3.75 million.

Russell Simmons II

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The youngest son of the Rev Run and his longtime wife, Russell Simmons II — who was named after his uncle — appeared on “Run’s House” and “Rev Runs Around the World.”

Miley Justine Simmons

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Born in 2007, Miley Justine Simmons is currently 14-years-old and for a living right now, the teenager is enjoying a typical well teenage life.