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Los Angeles – October 9, 2012 – “Silver rights” leader Operation HOPE (HOPE) today announced that Hip Hop mogul, and humanitarian Russell Simmons has joined the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (HGFDS) as a Featured Speaker. Simmons will lend his perspective for creating opportunity and an entrepreneurial approach to both business and philanthropy at the 2-day summit in Atlanta.

Simmons known for creating a Hip Hop empire was recently named one of “Hollywood’s Most Influential Celebrities” by Forbes magazine. USA Today named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy.

From creating his seminal Def Jam Recordings in 1984, to his fashion industry changing brands including Phat Farm in 1992, Baby Phat in 2001 and current men’s lifestyle brand Argyleculture, to founding UniRush in 2003 providing instant access to a set of basic financial services for over 48 million Americans who could not previously establish traditional banking relationships, to the 2007 publishing of his New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, to founding GlobalGrind.com, the leading online destination for celebrity entertainment, music, culture and politics for the new, postracial America and his latest New York Times best-seller “SUPER RICH.”

Highlighting Operation HOPE’s 20th Anniversary, the HGFDS expects to bring 1,200 delegates from 50 countries around the  world, most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers, and faith leader  together under the theme Community, Character and (Responsible) Capitalism, to discuss viable long-term, systemic and sustainable solutions to our economic and life problems.



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