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Mogul, entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons was honored at the 2011 American Business Awards this past week with the Difference Maker Award for his “groundbreaking vision and influence on music, fashion, finance, television and film, as well as [being] the face of modern philanthropy.” President Michael Gallagher of the Stevie Awards says “Russell Simmons is the personification of the American business spirit, his approach to building businesses for the future — which are both sustainable and philanthropic — has instigated change in corporate America. He has the kind of vision as a business leader that not only makes a difference, but creates a path that inspires others to follow and that’s why we are proud to honor him with this award.”

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