Born in Queens, New York City in August 1953. American abstract expressionist painter Danny Simmons, Jr., whose younger brothers are hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons, has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Prior to his fame, the visual artist attended and graduated from New York University and earned his master degree from Long Island University. He was first employed at the Bureau of Child Support before eventually starting his main career as a painter. Danny Simmons work has been featured in collections at Chase Manhattan Bank, the Schomburg Center for Black Culture, and the United Nations. He is also a keen collector of African arts and comic books. Danny Simmons co-founded and is serving as the Chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Rush Arts Gallery. He and his younger sibling Russell created the spoken word poetry television series Def Poetry Jam which was featured on HBO. He was the co-executive producer for Def Poetry Jam. His book Three Days As the Crow Flies was published in 2004 and he has also created the artwork and poetry book I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home. His younger brother Joseph Simmons is best recognized as Reverend Run of Run-D.M.C.