Kimora Lee Simmons is married to Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner (update)

Kimora Lee Simmons celebrates Christmas with her new boyfriend, kids and ex-husband Russell Simmons at Nikki Beach in St Barts, France
These are photos of Kimora Lee Simmons, 38, in St. Barths on Christmas Eve last year with her boyfriend turned husband, Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner, and her three kids, Ming Lee Simmons, 14, Aoki Lee Simmons, 11, and Kenzo Lee Hounsou, who turns 5 in May. The Daily Mail reported at the time that during this vacation Leissner and Simmons rented a luxury yacht that cost a whopping $325,000 a week. So it’s safe to assume that Leissner is loaded, although Kimora is of course insanely rich in her own right, having founded the Baby Phat clothing brand.

The Daily Mail claims that Leissner is Russian, but Kimora’s ex husband, Russell Simmons, says that’s not the case. (The Wall St. Journal called Leissner “German-Brazilian” in their profile on his extensive business connections last year.) Russell also tweeted that Kimora married Leissner at some point. It’s strange that Russell is making this announcement and isn’t letting Kimora tell the press, but he’s close with her so maybe she gave him the go ahead. (Update: Russell was responding to an Instagram by Birdman about Kimora, see below.) Here’s what Russell tweeted [via E! Online]


E! points out that Kimora and Tim are both wearing wedding bands in these photos, so it’s probable they got married in St. Barths over Christmas.

After her marriage to Russell ended, Kimora was with hot actor Djimon Hounsou, with whom she has son Kenzo, from 2007 until 2012. They had a commitment ceremony but were never officially married, which is strange to me because they seemed inseparable. Now we’ve barely heard about this guy and she’s already hitched. Maybe she learned her lesson with Djimon and didn’t want to go public until it was serious. She could have thought that everyone would see these staged pap pictures, notice the rings, and figure out she got married, but obviously that didn’t happen.

Update: Thanks to everyone who pointed out that Russell was responding to this instagram message by Birdman in which he posted an intimate photo of Kimora and wrote that she was the love of his life. So is she cheating on the banker already?

Kimora Lee & Kids Enjoying A Day On The Beach In St. Barts

Kimora Lee & Kids Enjoying A Day On The Beach In St. Barts

Kimora Lee & Kids Enjoying A Day On The Beach In St. Barts

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  1. eliza says:

    Boy she ditched Hounsou in a hot minute.

    Kimora does not let the grass grow under her feet. Snag em, bag em and tag em is her motto.

    • MsMirna says:

      I’m being judge-y, I know, but it bugs me when people (women or men) do this – hopping from one relationship to another, especially when they have children and a young one, at that. Once you have kids, it’s not all about your wants, needs or va-jay-jay. How confusing must that be: one day, Mommy is with daddy, the next day, she’s with someone else, the day after that, she’s with yet another man, and on and on.

  2. Patricia says:

    She looks amazing. But that little leg flip in the last pic just somehow reminds me how difficult, self-centered and obnoxious she is. People with terrible personalities should NOT make reality shows.

    • nofkksgiven says:

      what makes her personality terrible? she’s just one of those “larger than life” kind of people.

      • Patricia says:

        The way she treated every person who worked for her was terrible. Just because you pay someone doesn’t give you the right to be verbally abusive to them.
        She was so dramatic about everything, constantly threatening to blow up on everyone. She had very few people around her that were not on her payroll. No one who is not making a pay check from putting up with her s**t would do it willingly.

      • emmie_a says:

        There’s a fine line between “larger than life” and purely annoying.

  3. Murphy says:

    I can’t tell Aoiki and Ming apart anymore but they’re both beautiful

    • ToodySezHey says:

      Basically, lol.

      Kimora and money are never too far apart. One wonders if that is what ended her relationship with Hounsou. He is a succesful actor sure, but not neccesarily loaded.

  4. Ice Maiden says:

    The first two pictures make me laugh. She might as well have the words ”Please please look at my new wedding ring!” written in block letters on her forehead.

  5. Dame Snarkweek says:

    I hope they will all be happy. She and Russ are great examples of post-divorce co-parenting. I think I just ran out of hyphens.

    • mayamae says:

      I like how Russell acknowledges she’s difficult, but seems to accept her that way. I remember a hilarious episode of Run’s House where JoJo was doing a poor job of interning for Russell. Russell didn’t let him slide just because he’s family, and actually threatened to send him over to work for Kimora. That seemed to straighten him out.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Lol. Work for Kamodo Lee? Hel no!

  6. blue marie says:

    Whether staged or not, I like Kimora and good for her. She has cute kids (love their names)

  7. BeckyR says:

    She looks really slim. That is all.

  8. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    Oh great, so another self-centered bimbo marries a creepy rich vulture. Goody. Ever since she had that horrific show Life in the Fab Lane, I could not stand her. The crazy making behavior that she did in front of her two very young children was disgusting. At least their father sounds like a stand-up guy, other than that he was married to Kimora. Guess he got over that one.

    • Ok says:

      I remember Life in the Fab Lane. I used to watch it if it happened to be on because I kind of liked her personality.

      But if she is even 1/4 like what she portrayed on the show, I would be heading for the hills.

      Remember one episode where she was planning Ming Li’s birthday party and it was going to be over the top. She hired a party planner. Then she schedules a cake tasting. Then turns around and scolds Ming for wanting to sample each one of the 14 optional cake flavors.

      If you don’t want your kid on sugar overload, then don’t bring them to a cake tasting.

      I like Kimora in small doses. Anything more is fatiguing.

  9. Nikkie says:

    Russell Simmons tweet wasn’t about announcing Kimora’s marriage. It was to counter a message Birdman put out implying that he is having an affair with Kimora. This was been the big talk all over the urban blogs for the last three days. Russell is defending her honor.

    “birdman5star S/O @officialkimora luv of my life Thanku 4everythang u did and do 4′me RICHGIRL RICHGANG ” 3d

  10. mzbda says:

    Russell announced it on Twitter because Birdman of YMCMB posted pics of Kimora over the weekend claiming she was the love of his life and all this mess. So the tweet was clearing it up that she wasn’t with Birdman. This was mostly reported on urban sites fyi.

  11. BendyWindy says:

    She sure plays the long game. And she plays it well.

  12. Dubois says:

    Her belly ring is tacky.

    • Melanie says:

      I agree. I LOL’d when I saw it. It’s so 90′s. Someone her age needs to ditch the belly bling, it looks ridiculous.

  13. Nroth Wset says:

    ‘Why spend mine, while i can spend y0urs’…
    Girl listened good to the Lil Kim cd’s, back in the day.
    +Good for her.

  14. Nroth Wset says:

    Just when BIRDMAN (Yopung Money) put up a pic with Kimora, stating the love of my life..Russ has to set things straight…
    He just doesnt want tot be associated…She shouldn have taken the pic, Rus…talk to ur ex wife.
    Dont talk via twitter…RUSS!

  15. Nev says:


    I enjoy her very much.

  16. L says:

    325K a week is cheap for these ‘celebs’/big money folks. There are hotels, yachts, islands they can rent that cost 325K a DAY. (which is insanity)

  17. Nerd Alert says:

    I find her extremely attractive when I can’t hear her voice. Then she says something and it all goes downhill. She’s got a rockin’ bod and extremely beautiful kids, though, and I like when exes are friends and still have love for each other.

    • Oh La La says:

      Am I the only one who doesn’t find the kids cute, let alone “extremely beautiful”?

      • Jenny says:

        I didn’t want to say it because they are kids, but you are not the only one. And to the commenter down-thread, unfortunately I think the girls look JUST like their dad and I don’t see much of Kimora in them at all.

      • Daisy says:

        They aren’t cute

  18. AG says:

    I like it that she and Russel can co-parent in what appears to be a peaceful manner. The kids are lovely. And, I have a soft spot for her – I have a Baby Phat bag that I got ages and ages ago which I still love. :)

  19. MyHiddles says:

    Those girls are so beautiful. Good thing they look more like their mother, it’s hard to believe that they have Simmons’ genes.

  20. Maritza says:

    She’ll probably will be having a baby from this guy too.

  21. Connie says:

    If anyone cares or has time, read her Wikipedia. As a business owner/operator I would watch her show and just could not wrap my head around her insane spending. All of her employees and interns were made to perform banal personal tasks of hers at the expense of the company. Hence why she wasn’t in charge long. She was clearly living high on the hog on other peoples dime. I find that distasteful, & while certainly not uncommon, to flagrantly flaunt it just made me find her pretty unlikeable. & as someone mentioned up thread, great example to set for the kids

  22. JLM says:

    I’ve never thought she was attractive – I must be the only one. Not that that new husband of hers is anything to write home about. And what’s his deal – is he afraid to take his shirt off or something? He’s at the beach, in the water, and fully clothed!