Joseph Ward Simmons, known also as Reverend Run and DJ Run, is an American rapper, actor, and musician. He is also a practising minister and one of the founders of the MTV reality show ‘Run’s House’ and the popular hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. Here is everything you need to know about Rev Run, including his net worth, career and life story.
Rev Run’s Life Story
Rev Run, was born on November 14, 1964, in Queens, New York. He has the youngest of three children. His brothers are Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons. Rev Run began his music career in 1978 as a DJ for Kurtis Blow. After that, he began using the nickname DJ Run.
Joseph Simmons was first married to Valerie Vaughn, with whom he has three children, Vanessa, Angela and Joseph. Then, in 1994, he married Justine Jones and they have two sons together, Daniel and Russell, and an adopted daughter Miley Justine.
Rev Run’s Career
Rev Run was the founding member of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C, which in 1983 signed up with Profile Records. Their first single, ‘It’s Like That/Sucker MCs’, became a huge success which helps them release their first debut album in 1984.
Then, in 1985, they released a second album ‘King of Rock’, but the group received their biggest breakthrough after doing a rap version of Aerosmith’s smash hit ‘Walk This Way’. This song became one of the most well-known rap songs of all time.
Run-D.M.C broke up temporarily in the late 1980s, but reunited again in 1993 to release a new album. Their new album was called Down with the King, but immediately after that, they paused again. Then, again in 2000, they reunited again and released Crown Royal and went a tour.
In 2012, the group member, Jam Master Jay, was shot and killed. This tragedy befell the group. Run-D.M.C was the second rap group to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rev Run Net Worth
Rev Run net worth is estimated to be $70 million dollars. He has earned his money from his career with Run-D.M.C., which was a very successful group with certified platinum many times. The group has also endorsed Adidas. Some of Rev Run’s fortune comes from a book he had authored in 2008.
Moreover, he has appeared many times on TV and had released a very successful solo album. Rev Run lives in a $5.5 million worth house located in the prestigious High Ridge section of Saddle River.