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Downward-Facing Dow? Namaste Cool!

Simmons’s recession mantra.

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Yoga enthusiast Russell Simmons is trying to breathe through the downturn. He’s got a bunch of money tied up in a Lehman Brothers fund in London, but he’s not sweating it, he said at a screening of Madonna’s Filth and Wisdom on October 13. He said he checked in at first, but now, I don’t worry about it. Simmons senses hard times ahead. I have lots of staff members, he said. I want to make sure everyone keeps getting fed. And he’s concerned about the five charities he heads. So he’s leaning harder on friends like financier . He’s really rich, but he says I’m the most expensive friend he has, and he’s not even sleeping with me, Simmons said. He’s also trying to set a good personal example with his personal giving to organizations: I’m not going to cut down on them so I can have another ride on a private plane.

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