What is Simon Cowell’s net worth?
Simon Cowell is a British music director and television producer who has a net worth of $600 million. Simon is one of the most successful media personalities in both music and television of the last 30 years. He has consistently been one of the highest paid celebrities in the world for over two decades. In a typical year, he earns $50 – $100 million from his various endeavors. For example, between June 2019 and June 2020, he earned $50 million. The vast majority of his earnings come from judging and producing three shows; America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor.
Simon Phillip Cowell was born in Lambeth, London, England on October 7, 1959. He grew up in Elstree, Hertfordshire. Cowell has one younger brother, three half-brothers and one half-sister. Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and Dover College. He majored in English Language and Literature and then attended Windsor Technical College.
Cowell had a number of odd jobs in his youth, including working as a runner on Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film The Shining. However, he had trouble getting along with his colleagues and bosses. Simon eventually went to work for his father, Eric Philip Cowell, who was an executive at EMI Music Publishing. Originally starting in the mailroom, Simon worked his way up the company before leaving to form his own record label, E&S Music. He then went to work for a company called Fanfare Records for eight years until the parent company was sold to BMG. Cowell then formed another label of his own called S-Records.
Interestingly, Simon Cowel and S-Records’ first major success came not from musical artists, but from novelty releases based on popular television series such as ‘The Wiggles’ and ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’. In 1995, he convinced two actors, Robson Green and Jerome Flynn from the UK television series Soldier Soldier, to sign with him and record the song “Unchained Melody”, which he performed on the show. The duo’s record quickly reached number one in the UK It became the best-selling single of 1995, and the group’s self-titled debut album, released later that year, also became the best-selling album of 1995. According to Cowell, they made his first million.
Idol and other shows
In 2001, Cowell became a judge on the British reality television show ‘Pop Idol’, which in turn spawned a worldwide franchise now seen in over 100 countries. As we all know, Cowell eventually moved on to judge the Pop Idol spin-off, “American Idol.” Cowell’s fame grew due to his signature catchphrase, “I don’t mean to be rude, but…”. Cowell left “American Idol” in January 2010, when the series was still the most popular show on American television.
Cowell is using his newest label, Syco, as a platform to release talent seen at sister company Syco TV, which produces TV shows ‘The X Factor’, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘America’s Got’ . Talent”.
In 2004 and 2010, Time magazine named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world. TV Guide named him number 10 on their 2013 list of the 60 Villains of All Time.
To raise money for the families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017 and for the London Community Foundation, Cowell arranged to record and release a charity single “Bridge over Troubled Water”. Cowell collaborated with several vocalists for the single, including Robbie Williams, Dua Lipa, Roger Daltrey and Rita Ora, and the song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.
In 2020, Cowell stepped away from his record label Syco Music to focus on other projects. Over the years, his house has been very successful and represented artists such as Noah Cyrus, Grace VanerWaal and Leona Lewis.
In July 2020, it was reported that Cowell was in talks with streaming giant Netflix to create talent competitions for the service.
In 2020, Cowell announced that he would be writing a seven-book series with his son called “Wishfits”. The first three books in the series will be released in 2021, with the remaining four scheduled for 2022.
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Cowell dated English television host Terri Seymour from 2002 to 2008. Cowell was engaged to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010 to 2011.
Cowell started dating American Lauren Silverman in 2013. At the time, she was married to Cowell’s friend Andrew Silverman. Andrew quickly filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery, naming Cowell and his wife in legal documents. Two weeks later, Cowell and Lauren confirmed they were expecting a baby. The divorce was settled out of court in August 2013. Silverman gave birth to Cowell’s son on February 14, 2014. Cowell finally proposed to Lauren in January 2022 after dating for 13 years.
Cowell is the patron of Together for Short Lives, a UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. He also supports animal rights and appeared in a video for PETA reminding drivers of animal cruelty that can occur when their pets are locked in their cars in the summer.
During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Simon donated $1.5 million to Feeding America and Feeding Britain.
In August 2020, Simon broke his back while riding an electric bike at his property in Malibu.
When you add up all the income from Simon’s various businesses, his annual salary regularly exceeds $95 million. His maximum salary for American Idol it was $33 million per season. Cowell’s final year as host at American Idol was in 2010, and now hosts his own show, The X Factor . Between June 2017 and June 2018, Simon earned $45 million. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned $41 million. In the next 12 months, he earned $50 million.
In 2017, Simon Cowell paid $24 million for an oceanfront home on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The modern home sits on a private cliff at the end of a gated lane. The seven-bedroom, 7.5-bath home offers ocean views from nearly every room, and the master suite comes with a fireplace, two bathrooms, and even a spa/massage room. The pool, spa, barbecue and lounge area are spread over the stone courtyard; a tennis court, gym and four-car garage sit elsewhere on the 1.63-acre property.
In July 2020, it was reported that Cowell plans to sell his home in the Los Angeles area after parting ways with Syco Records.
Cowell also owns another house in Beverly Hills, which you looked after for $15.5 million, a mansion in London’s Holland Park and a three-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
In 2004, he paid $8 million for a mansion in Beverly Hills. He spent five years and untold millions renovating and modernizing the mansion. He sold this house in August 2020 for $25 million.