Who Is Simon Cowell and what is net worth of him? ‘I don’t mean to be rude, but…’ if you are someone who doesn’t know to whom the aforementioned quote belongs, then you have probably lived all your life under a rock or are from a completely different planet altogether. For it belongs to the British entertainment mogul, entrepreneur, judge and philanthropist Simon Cowell and also, happens to be the title of his autobiography published way back in 2003. The founder and chief executive of successful British entertainment company Syco Entertainment, was born to estate agent developer and music industry executive Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, Sr. and ballet dancer and socialite Julie Brett in Lambeth, London and was named Simon Phillip Cowell at birth.
Owing to his rude and unsocial nature as a child, Cowell had to change a number of schools and had difficulties in retaining a steady job even after college. Finally, his father stepped in and got him a job in the mail room of EMI Music Publishing Company, where he worked as an executive. His father of course, at the time, didn’t know that he had led Cowell to his destiny i.e. the music industry that he was destined to transform with his brilliant entrepreneurial skills.
It was at EMI where Cowell got interested in the music industry, eventually leaving it in early 1980s to form E&S Music, which he left too in 1983. He then went on to co-found Fanfare Records with Iain Burton and that is where he got his first hit single titled ‘So Macho’ with British-American singer Sinitta. All through the 1980s, Cowell tasted much success, thanks to the efficacious works of the song writing and record producing trio Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman who were popularly dubbed as ‘Stock Aitken Waterman’. However, the company shut down in 1989, leaving Cowell on the verge of bankruptcy and forcing him to take a job at now defunct record label company- BMG, as an A&R consultant.
At BMG, he was responsible for scouting new talents and supervising their artistic progress. It was under the BMG label that Cowell established S Records which changed his life forever! Starting with hilarious novelty records, S Records went on to become a leading record label in 1995, when upon Cowell’s insistence British actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn of ‘Soldier Soldier’ fame agreed to record a song titled ‘Unchained Melody’. The song became the best-selling single of 1995, retained the number 1 position on UK charts for 7 weeks straight and popularly came to be known as ‘Robson & Jerome’. The duos association with Cowell’s label continued for 2 albums and 2 singles more, after which they quit. Robson & Jerome made Cowell a millionaire with a total sale of 7 million albums and 5 million singles!
The 21st century established Cowell as a renowned, critical and straightforward reality show judge with shows, like ‘Pop Idol’, ‘American Idol’, ‘The X Factor UK’, ‘The X Factor USA’, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’. The ‘X Factor’ and the ‘Got Talent’ franchises, which are now very popular across the world were conceptualised and created by Cowell along with his partners under his new entertainment company titled Syco Entertainment which was formulated in 2004. Despite his blunt and scathing appraisals of the contestants which often began with “I don’t mean to be rude, but…”, Cowell is known to have transformed the lives of artistes, like Leona Lewis and boy band One Direction among others, that he liked and took under his wing.
Cowell has a younger brother named Nicholas Cowell, who is a leading entrepreneur. He also, has 4 half-siblings named John, Tony- an author by profession, Michael and June Cowell. He was reportedly in a relationship with make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010-2011. In 2013, he began a torrid relationship with Lauren Silverman, which resulted in Silverman’s divorce with her husband who accused her of adultery. During the divorce proceedings, the media reported that Silverman was allegedly pregnant with Cowell’s child, a claim that Cowell did not confirm till Silverman’s divorce became final. Their son Eric was born in 2014. Cowell was included in the Time’s list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and 2010.
Education: Cowell attended the Radlett Preparatory School as a child. He went on to attend the independent Dover College, but dropped out after sitting for his GCE O Levels, after which he studied English Literature and Language. He then enrolled himself at Windsor Technical College from where he attained another GCE in Sociology.
Simon Cowell Net Worth
His estimated net worth is a whopping $600 million. Cowell has amassed this massive fortune with his unprecedented business skills.
Cowell has a penchant for all kinds of cars and is the proud owner of a Rolls Royce, a Jaguar E-Type Eagle Speedster, a Bentley Azure, a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Carver, a 1932 Ford V8 Mode B, a Ford Branco and a Smart Car.
He bought his lavish LA residence in Beverly Hills in 2004 for $8 million. The 9,335 sq. ft. mansion is equipped with facilities, like high tech media theatre, professional tanning salon, gym, luxury spa, solarium etc. In 2013, its estimated value was about $29 million. He also owns an opulent house in Holland Park which he bought in 7.5 million pounds.
In 2010, he chartered a super yacht Slipstream called Silverdream for $900,000.
Apart from successfully judging ‘Pop Idol’ (2001), ‘American Idol’ (2002-2010), ‘The X Factor UK’ (2004-2011, 2014-present), ‘The X Factor USA’ (2011-2014), ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ (2007-2015) and ‘America’s Got Talent’ (2015-present), Cowell produced innovative reality shows, like ‘American Inventor’, ‘Celebrity Duets’ and ‘Grease Is the Word’. He also produced popular drama series ‘Rock Rivals’ in 2008. He has also produced game shows, like ‘Red or Black?’ which he also created, and ‘Keep it in the Family’. He has made guest voice appearances in shows, like ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’. He has also appeared in ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ (UK version), ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘Cribs and Punk’d’.
He has also, done a funny cameo in ‘Scary Movie 3’ for which he got an MTV Movie Award.
Cowell’s massive fortune is a product of his profound business sense, ingenious entrepreneurial ideas and imaginative mind, which has made him a force to reckon with in the entertainment and media industry. His is a name which is definitely not going to go down in the coming future.