Birthday: October 7, 1959
Age: 61 Years, 61 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Libra
Also Known As: Simon Phillip Cowell
Born Country: England
Born in: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
Famous as: Television personality
Quotes By Simon Cowell
Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males
father: Eric Selig Phillip Cowell
mother: Julie Brett
siblings: John Cowell, June Cowell, Michael Cowell, Nicholas Cowell, Tony Cowell
Partner: Lauren Silverman (2013–)
Personality: ISTP, ENTJ
City: London, England
education: Windsor Technical College, Dover College, Radlett Preparatory School
Simon Cowell is an English television personality and entrepreneur. He became famous as a judge on various talent shows like ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘American Idol,’ and ‘The X Factor.’ He is famous, or rather notorious, for his biting and sarcastic remarks on contestants’ performances in reality shows. A wealthy entrepreneur, he is the founder of the television and music production house, ‘Syco,’ which produced the highly successful ‘Got Talent’ franchise in the U.S. and the U.K. As a youngster, he was thrown out of several schools due to his bad behavior. He attended college, but dropped out before completing his degree. Concerned about his future, his father arranged various job interviews for him which he deliberately sabotaged. He even got a chance to work as a runner on Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘The Shining,’ but faced problems with his colleagues due to his ill-temper. His father got him a job with ‘EMI Music Publishing’ where he rose to the position of an Artists and Repertoire (A&R) man. He was chosen to judge the British music television show ‘Pop Idol’ along with Neil Fox and Nicki Chapman. He was noticed by the public for being the rudest and insensitive judge who did not think twice before passing bitter and insulting comments to the participants—a reputation that only got stronger as he moved on to judge other talent shows. He has also signed many popular bands like ‘Westlife,’ ‘One Direction,’ and ‘CNCO.’
Childhood & Early Life
Simon Cowell was born on 7 October 1959, in Lambeth, London, England, to Eric Philip Cowell and Julie Brett. His father was an estate agent and music industry executive, while his mother was a ballet dancer. He is of mixed ancestry, and has one brother and several half-siblings.
He attended ‘Radlett Preparatory School,’ but did not like the rules and regulations of the school and was frequently reprimanded for bad behavior.
He went to ‘Dover College,’ but dropped out before completing his education. He had interests in films and music, but not in academics.
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He did several menial jobs after dropping out. His father arranged for him several interviews for various jobs, but Cowell found those jobs boring. He got an opportunity to work as a runner on the sets of the movie ‘The Shining,’ but he quit as he could not get along with other staff members.
He finally landed a job as a mail room clerk at ‘EMI Music Publishing’ with the help of his father. His interest in music and television enabled him to move up the ladder and he became an assistant to an A & R executive in 1979.
He left the company in the early-1980s and formed ‘E&S Music’ in collaboration with his former boss. However, the company did not last long.
In 1985, he formed ‘Fanfare Records’ with his partner Iain Burton. The company produced hits like ‘So Macho’ and ‘Toy Boy’ and enjoyed short term success. However, the company was shut in 1989, forcing Cowell to move in with his parents.
He was offered the position of an A&R consultant by BMG in 1989. His responsibility was to scout for talent and find new artists for the company. He did well and introduced artists like ‘Robson & Jerome’ to the music industry.
He was selected to serve as one of the judges in ‘Pop Idol,’ a British television music competition show on ITV in 2001. The show ran till 2003. He soon became notorious for his blunt and often rude criticisms aimed at the contestants.
In 2002, he founded ‘Syco Entertainment,’ a global joint venture with ‘Sony Music Entertainment.’ The company deals with music, television, and digital content, and is the producer of ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Got Talent’ franchises.
He was one of the judges of ‘American Idol’ along with Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and many others. The format of this show was based on the British reality show ‘Pop Idol.’ He judged the show from 2002 to 2010.
He created a music competition titled ‘The X Factor’ in 2004. The original U.K version of the show was so successful that it was adapted into numerous versions around the world.
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Inspired by the immense popularity of the competitions, Cowell designed a competition format that was open not only to the singers but also to other performers like instrumentalists, comedians, magicians, etc. Thus, the ‘Got Talent’ franchise was born and ‘America’s Got Talent’ debuted in 2006.
Over the years, he has produced and co-produced several other shows like ‘American Inventor’ (2006), ‘Rock Rivals’ (2008), and ‘Red or Black?’ (2011).
In partnership with YouTube, Cowell launched a video-sharing competition called ‘The You Generation’ in 2013.
In 2018, it was announced that Cowell had created his first BBC show titled ‘The Greatest Dancer,’ which debuted in January 2019.
He is well-known for being a brutally honest judge in reality television shows, such as ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘American Idol,’ and ‘The X Factor.’ During the shows, Cowell comments on the participants’ performances and abilities in an insulting and scathing manner.
He created the highly successful television show franchises ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Got Talent’ which became so popular in the U.S. and the U.K. that it led to spin-offs in several other countries all over the world.
Awards & Achievements
He was honored with the ‘Special Recognition Award’ at the 14th ‘National Television Awards,’ U.K., in 2008.
He won the ‘BAFTA Special Award’ in 2010 for his outstanding contribution to the television industry and commitment to new talent.
Personal Life & Legacy
Simon Cowell is a much sought after bachelor, but he insists he will never get married. He has been linked with many women in the past, including Sinitta and Danni Minogue. He dated Terri Seymour from 2002 to 2008. He was engaged to Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010 to 2011.
He supports various charities that work with underprivileged children. He is involved with an association of Children’s Hospices and has also appeared in a PETA video.
Cowell began dating Lauren Silverman in 2013. In July 2013, Silverman's husband and Cowell's friend, Andrew Silverman, filed for an at-fault divorce, mentioning adultery by his wife and naming Cowell as a co-respondent. In 2014, Cowell and Lauren had a son together.
He released his memoir ‘I Don’t Mean to be Rude, But…’ in 2003.
He lent his voice to two episodes of ‘The Simpsons.’
In 2004 and 2010, he was named by ‘Time’ magazine as one of the 100 most influential people.