Russell Simmons Gives Money to Panhandlers, But Not to Hairdressers

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Name: Russell Simmons
Age: 52
Neighborhood: Financial District
Occupation: Chairman, Rush Communications

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
It changes daily for me. Today it’s Rev. Al Sharpton.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Curry in a Hurry— daal (lentils), dahi kadai (chickpeas), saag paneer (no cheese).

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Laugh.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
Sounds like Brooklyn’s calling!

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
A Raisin in the Sun.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Every one that asks!

What's your drink?
Leafy green vegetables with a touch of apples from Liquiteria.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Never, unfortunately.

What's your favorite medication?
Meditation!

What's hanging above your sofa?
A picture of my daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
For me, one cent.

When's bedtime?
Somewhere between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
Old Times Square.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
Love him. He reminds me of Richie Rich. Happy, funny, enjoying life.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
I struggle with the extreme poverty.

Who is your mortal enemy?
I don’t have one! Just kidding ... myself.

When's the last time you drove a car?
Rallying support last weekend in the Hamptons for my upcoming Art for Life benefit.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
It’s much harder to raise money for my charities.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Times.

Where do you go to be alone?
My meditation room.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Cross the city lines and reside somewhere in one of the five boroughs.