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Simon Cowell net worth:
$550 Million

Simon Cowell's salary:
$95 Million

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Simon Cowell net worth, biography and wiki:

Simon Cowell is loaded, and with $350 million net worth he can not do everything he needs and live lavishly. Simon Cowell consistently called as the largest and the most affluent television producer on the planet. Several television series was produced by Simon Cowell.

But it is spreading around the world and he gets excellent royalties for each program. Cowell said that his yearly wages of the American Idol judge in 2004 was reaching $8 million . Obviously it was raised for years to year. Cowell to disclosed for 2008 and 2012 American Idol season, Simon Cowell received wages about $36 million and $75 million.

Simon Cowell never openly declared about his yearly wages. But Forbes ever reported that his yearly wages in 2010 is $85 million and remain still at the sum of $94 million in 2011 and 2012.

This guy best known with his occupation as an English A&R executive, television producer, television personality and entrepreneur. But Cowel describing himself as effort and believed was independent since youth. After graduated from the Dover College, his dad the executive for EMI Music Publishing hire him to work in the post room. In 2002 the Pop Idol shifted its theory and the its airing rights bought by 19 Entertainment and named as the American Idol, there Simon Cowell was requested to function as the judge. This program also created the largest impact and make Cowell as the finest television producer.


Simon Cowell information

Simon Cowell information

Birth date: October 7, 1959
Birth place: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Profession:A&R executive, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Screenwriter, Presenter, Critic, Record producer, Businessperson, Actor, TV Personality
Education:Dover College, Radlett Preparatory School, Windsor Technical College
Nationality:United Kingdom
Partner:Lauren Silverman (2013–)
Children:Eric Cowell
Parents:Julie Brett, Eric Philip Cowell
Siblings:Nicholas Cowell, Tony Cowell, June Cowell, John Cowell, Michael Cowell, Lindsay Elizabeth Cowell
Awards:Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Villain, National Television Award for Special Recognition, International Emmy Founders Award, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Personality: Male, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality, British Academy Television Special Award, MTV Movie Award for Best Cameo, Teen Choice Award for Choice Reality/Variety Jackass
Nominations:Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Reality Star, NME Award for Villain of the Year, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, National Television Award for Most Popular TV Judge, National Television Award for Most Popular TV Expert, Kerrang! Villain of the Year Award
Movies:Pudsey the Dog: The Movie, One Chance, One Direction: This Is Us, One Direction: All for One
TV shows:Britain's Got Talent, The X-Factor, American Idol, Pop Idol, Saturday Night Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards, 2012 Pride of Britain Awards

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#Fact
1At the age of 30 he moved back with his parents after he lost everything he owned from various investments.
2Donated £90,000 to the charity Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) in 2013.
3Publicly supported the Conservative Party in the 2010 General Election, and wrote an article for "The Sun" endorsing David Cameron as Prime Minister.
4Simon's father was of mostly Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (Simon's paternal grandmother was born in Poland). The rest of Simon's ancestry is English, and distant Scottish.
5In 1985 he co-founded Fanfare Records (UK).
6Became a father for the 1st time at age 54 when his girlfriend Lauren Silverman gave birth to their son Eric Cowell on February 14, 2014.
7A big fan of Luther Vandross and Barry White.
8Got the UK No 1 of the new millennium with Westlife.
9Before becoming famous, Cowell held down several brief jobs; quantity surveyor, a job at Tesco (he never made it past the interview), trainee law clerk, a runner, a waiter, a job in the EMI mailroom, and an estate agency where he had his worst job ever as a canvasser.
10Was once a waiter in Elton John's restaurant in London.
11When living in Elstree as a boy, he rubbed shoulders with Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Bette Davis and Maureen O'Hara. He even sat on Davis' knee while she learned her lines. Moore used to invite the Cowells to see the filming of The Saint (1962).
12Has a waxwork figure in Madame Tussauds.
13Susan Boyle's star-making audition was one of Cowell's favourite moments on Britain's Got Talent (2009).
14A woman broke into his London home in 2011.
15A dog lover.
16Has a neighbouring mansion, next to Elton John's, in Beverly Hills.
17Turned down the chance to manage Take That, which went on to become one of the major boy bands of the 1990s.
18A huge fan of Frank Sinatra.
19Stanley Kubrick was his neighbour growing up. He pestered Eric Cowell, Simon's father, to sell his property to him.
20Put up £50,000 bail money for pop impresario Jonathan King when he was arrested in 2001.
21Has said he finds Britney Spears to be fascinating and wants her to be a part of The X Factor (2011).
22A TV commercial proposal was made to him by his agent who told him that he would be paid $1m for a day's work (the good news). When Cowell asked about the bad news, he was informed that the commercial was for "Viagra". Cowell reneged (interview: Piers Morgan Tonight: Episode dated 5 April 2011 (2011)). [2010]
23(May 10, 2010) Merited a place in Time magazine's - The 100 Most Influential People in the World ("Artists" category) - with a tribute provided by Nick Cannon.
24The Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $196 million. [2009]
25He is good friends with Emma Noble.
26In 2007, he earned an estimated $72 million in income from his various projects. $45 million from American Idol (2002), $15 million from Britain's Got Talent (2007) and The X Factor (2004), and $12 million from his record label.
27Ranked #6 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
28Allergic to lambs' wool. Buys expensive cashmere jumpers.
29His father Eric Cowell was a record company executive with EMI. He died at home in 1999 of a massive heart attack on the very day that Simon got his first Number One with a then-unknown band called Westlife who his dad had predicted would become big.
30In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his U.S. earnings at $45 million for the year.
31Made his screen debut in 1990, on the UK TV series Sale of the Century (1989). His prize for winning: kitchen utensils.
32During an audition, a female participant told Simon and the other judges that she quit her job at a hair salon so she can pursue her dreams on American Idol (2002); when getting rejected, Simon had asked for the phone and called the owner of the workplace where the rejected contestant got her job back.
33His best friend is his London neighbor Jacqueline St. Claire.
34He has two nieces and a nephew: Tanyette Chantel (born October 18, 1981), Melissa Lee (born July 10, 1984), and Joshua Aaron (born April 15, 1986). All three of them have appeared in the audience during various episodes of Pop Idol (2001) Season 1.
35His sister's husband is the cousin of pop star Robbie Williams.
36His former girlfriend is Terri Seymour. [2004]
37During auditions for The X Factor (2004), he made a bet with auditionee Paul Holt that he would pay him £50,000 if he got a #1 single. Holt was quickly signed by a record label - and backed by The X Factor (2004) judge Sharon Osbourne - to release "50 Grand for Christmas" in December 2004, which only charted at #35 in the UK.
38Says that the first time he gave a criticism was at age four when he looked at his mother's white fuzzy pillbox hat and remarked "Mum, you look like a poodle" [Source: His book "I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But..."]
39He worked as a mail boy at EMI and eventually worked his way to become an A&R representative.
40Has 3 half-brothers, John, Michael and Tony Cowell, a half sister, former child actress June Cowell, a biological sister, Lindsay Elizabeth and a younger brother Nicholas Cowell.
41Dropped out of school at the age of 16.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Xtra Factor2009-2015TV Series composer - 67 episodes
The X Factor2004-2015TV Series composer - 72 episodes
The X Factor2011-2012TV Series composer - 56 episodes
The X Factor2011-2012TV Series composer - 22 episodes
The X Factor Digital Experience2011TV Series composer: theme music
X Factor2010/ITV Series composer: theme music
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars2006TV Movie composer: title music

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
X FactorTV Series format by - 43 episodes, 2008 - 2014 format devised by - 13 episodes, 2015
America's Got Talent2006-2013TV Series co-creator - 37 episodes
X Factor2010-2012TV Series format by - 31 episodes
The X Factor Digital Experience2011TV Series creator
X Factor2010/ITV Series creator
X FactorTV Series idea - 12 episodes, 2008 original idea - 1 episode, 2008
Talent Suomi2007TV Series co-creator
Britain's Got Talent2007TV Series creator - 3 episodes
Australia's Got Talent2007TV Series creator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Got Talent2006-2014TV Series executive producer - 87 episodes
One Chance2013producer
One Direction: This Is Us2013Documentary producer
The X Factor Digital Experience2011TV Series executive producer
American InventorTV Series executive producer - 15 episodes, 2006 - 2007 producer - 8 episodes, 2006
Celebrity Duets2006TV Series executive producer - 9 episodes
Cupid2003TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Emmerdale: The Dingles Down Under1997Video executive producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Children in Need: Fantastic Beasts Special2016TV Movie
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping2016Simon Cowell
Family Guy2007-2016TV SeriesSimon Cowell
The Simpsons2004-2010TV SeriesSimon Cowell Henry

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Britain's Got Talent2013-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The X Factor2008-2011TV Series writer - 4 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
National Television Awards2010TV Special with thanks to
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol2007Video Game extra special thanks
George Michael: A Different Story2005Documentary thanks
Maybe Baby2000special thanks
The Woolpackers: Emmerdance1996Video special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol2007Video GameHimself - Judge (voice)
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside Edition2006TV Series documentaryHimself
GMTV2004-2006TV SeriesHimself
The National Television Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
TV's 50 Greatest Stars2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The X Factor: One Year On2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank?2006TV MovieHimself
Best Ever Ads 22006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars2006TV MovieHimself - Judge
The Xtra Factor: Battle of the Stars2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Fairly OddParents in Fairy Idol2006TV MovieHimself
American Idol Extra2006TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Wogan Now & Then2006TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
The British Comedy Awards 20052005TV SpecialHimself
American Idol: The Best of Seasons 1-42005VideoHimself - Judge
The National Television Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Best Ever Ads2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
What Did ITV Do for Me?2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
ITV 50 Greatest Shows2005TV MovieHimself
The Story of ITV: The People's Channel2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '052005TV Movie documentaryHimself
George Michael: A Different Story2005DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003-2005TV SeriesHimself
American Idol: The Phenomenon2004TV Special
The British Comedy Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 2004 Billboard Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The Record of the Year 20042004TV SpecialHimself
Today with Des and Mel2004TV SeriesHimself
Far Far Away Idol2004Video shortHimself (voice)
The Celebrity Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Parkinson2004TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern2002-2004TV SeriesHimself
Simon Cowell: American Idol2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live2004TV SeriesHimself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHimself
Tabloid Tales2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHimself
National Television Awards Party of the Year2004TV SpecialHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2003TV SeriesHimself
World Idol2003TV MovieHimself - Judge: USA
Pop Idol2001-2003TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself
The British Comedy Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself
The Importance of Being Famous2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Richard & Judy2001-2003TV SeriesHimself
The National Music Awards 20032003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Scary Movie 32003Himself
Greasemania2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
MADtv2003TV SeriesHimself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself
Being Simon Cowell2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Juniors2003TV SeriesHimself
Banzai2003TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2003TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life2003TV Series documentary
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2003TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do2003TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHimself - Center Square
The Luvvies2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Cribs2002TV SeriesHimself
Bubblegum Babylon2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2002TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Teen Choice Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Total Request Live2002TV SeriesHimself
Top Ten2002TV Series documentaryHimself
When Louis Met... Max Clifford2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Brit Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
So Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHimself
The Hit Factory: The Pete Waterman Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Frank Skinner Show2001TV SeriesHimself
Bring It On2001TV Series documentaryHimself - BMG Records
Pop Idol Extra2001TV Series documentaryHimself
One Hit Wonderland2001TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Sale of the Century1989/IITV SeriesHimself - Contestant (1989) (uncredited)
Britain's Greatest Hoaxer2017TV Movie documentaryHimself
The X Factor2004-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself
Children in Need2003-2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2008-2016TV SeriesHimself
America's Got Talent2013-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself - Audience Member
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHimself
Britain's Got More Talent2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
Britain's Got Talent2007-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself
Today2002-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
American Idol2002-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself / Himself -sJudge / ...
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2003-2016TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2016TV SeriesHimself
Ok! TV2016TV SeriesHimself
The Xtra Factor2004-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Featuring
Pride of Britain Awards2015TV MovieHimself
Loose Women2015TV SeriesHimself
Red Nose Day2015TV SpecialHimself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Hosting Hopeful
National Television Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 20142014TV MovieHimself
60 Minutes2007-2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Gold Processor (segment "Gold Rush") / Himself - Judge, American Idol (segment "Simon Cowell")
Pride of Britain Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather2014TV SeriesHimself
E! News2014TV SeriesHimself
This Morning1999-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
National Television Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
McKenna2014TV SeriesHimself
The X Factor2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Judge
From the Bottom to the Top2013Video documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Conan2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest (segment "Mean Tweets")
Daybreak2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
CQC: Custe o Que Custar2013TV SeriesHimself
One Direction: This Is Us2013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
National Television Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
One Direction: All for One2012DocumentaryHimself
The X Factor2012TV SeriesHimself - Creator & The X Factor Judge
The Jonathan Ross Show2012TV SeriesHimself
The Talent Show Story2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The X Factor Digital Experience2011TV SeriesHimself
Matt Cardle: Into the Light2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
CNBC Meets2011TV Series documentaryHimself
X Factor World Premiere Preview2011TV MovieHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2003-2011TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
The National Television Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
Oprah's Master Class2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Coronation Street: The Big 502010TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Stu Plus Who?2010DocumentaryHimself
The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The British Academy Television Awards2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC News Nightline2010TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
National Television Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The National Television Awards Backstage Live2010TV SpecialHimself
The Simpsons: Celebrity Friends2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Simpsons: Mischief & Mayhem2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Simpsons: Access All Areas2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pride of Britain Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
Ant & Dec's Christmas Show2009TV MovieHimself
A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Cheryl Cole's Night In2009TV MovieHimself
The Variety Club Showbiz Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself - Daily Mirror Best British TV Judge Awardee
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009TV SeriesHimself
Queens of British Pop2009TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Xposé2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
X Factor2009TV SeriesHimself
Infanity2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The 10th Annual Family Entertainment Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Idol2008TV SeriesHimself
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 22008Video GameHimself (voice)
Backstage Exclusive at the National Television Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
The National Television Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mischief2008TV Series documentaryHimself
HBO Boxing2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Audinece Member
American Idol Rewind2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself
TMZ on TV2008TV SeriesHimself
The Apprentice2008TV SeriesHimself
Sport Relief: The Apprentice2008TV MovieHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Co-Host
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore2008Video GameHimself - Judge (voice)
The Royal Variety Performance 20072007TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Weekly & TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Top Gear2003-2007TV SeriesHimself
The Kylie Show2007TV MovieHimself
The National Television Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
What Perez Sez2007TV SeriesHimself
Concert for Diana2007TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
Punk'd2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2003-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York2007TV MovieHimself
Anderson Cooper 360°2007TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief: The Apprentice2007TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning Britain2016TV SeriesHimself
Lorraine2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2013-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Up Late with Rylan2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge, Britain's Got Talent
Too Much TV2016TV SeriesHimself - Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
The Drunken Peasants2016TV SeriesHimself
American Idol2016TV SeriesHimself
20 Moments That Rocked the 00s2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
20 Moments That Rocked Talent Shows2015TV MovieHimself
The X Factor2014TV SeriesHimself - Judge
TV's Nastiest Villains2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2014TV SeriesHimself / judge
One Chance2013Himself (uncredited)
The Wright Stuff2012TV SeriesHimself
50 Years of Bad Sex2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself
5 Second Movies2010TV SeriesHimself
Top Gear2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Jay Leno Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Almost Famous III2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
2009 Game Show Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Quelli che... il calcio2009TV SeriesHimself
Almost Famous II2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Xtra Factor2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
Russell & Ross: What the F*** Was All That About?2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Argumental2008TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - American Idol Judge / Himself / Himself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Root of All Evil2008TV SeriesHimself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year2007TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
60 Minutes2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Judge, American Idol (segment "Simon Cowell")
Ashens2007TV SeriesHimself - Judge
The Weird World of Louis Theroux2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Whatever Happened to Gareth Gates?2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story2006TV MovieHimself
The Girls Next Door2006TV SeriesHimself
Aunque usted no lo viera2005TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Before They Were Stars TV Moments2005TV Movie documentaryWonderdog
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog2004VideoHimself (uncredited)
Who Killed Saturday Night TV?2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Television SeriesThe X Factor (2004)
2013Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite VillainThe X Factor (2011)
2013Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Personality: MaleThe X Factor (2011)
2012Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Personality: MaleThe X Factor (2011)
2008Special Recognition AwardNational Television Awards, UK
2004MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest CameoScary Movie 3 (2003)
2004Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Reality/Variety JackassAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFavorite TV Personality

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular TV JudgeThe X Factor (2004)
2012TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite ComebackThe X Factor (2011)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Personality
2009Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV PersonalityAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
2008Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV PersonalityAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)· Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer)
· Ken Warwick (executive producer)
· Cécile Frot-Coutaz (executive producer)
· Simon Fuller (executive producer)
· Richard Curtis (executive producer)
· Charles Boyd (supervising producer)
· James Breen (supervising producer)
· Patrick Lynn (senior producer)
· Megan Michaels (producer)
· Ryan Seacrest (host)
· Randy Jackson (judge)
· Paula Abdul (judge)
2007Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: PersonalityAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)· Simon Fuller (executive producer)
· Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer)
· Ken Warwick (executive producer)
· Cécile Frot-Coutaz (executive producer)
· Charles Boyd (supervising producer)
· James Breen (senior producer)
· Simon Lythgoe (producer)
· Megan Michaels (producer)
· Ryan Seacrest (host)
· Paula Abdul (judge)
· Randy Jackson (judge)
2006Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsTV - Choice PersonalityAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)· Simon Fuller (executive producer)
· Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer)
· Cécile Frot-Coutaz (executive producer)
· Ken Warwick (executive producer)
· Charles Boyd (supervising producer)
· James Breen (senior producer)
· Simon Lythgoe (producer)
· Megan Michaels (producer)
· Ryan Seacrest (host)
· Paula Abdul (judge)
· Randy Jackson (judge)
2005National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular TV ExpertThe X Factor (2004)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Personality: Male
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)· Simon Fuller (executive producer)
· Cécile Frot-Coutaz (executive producer)
· Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer)
· Ken Warwick (executive producer)
· David Goffin (supervising producer)
· Charles Boyd (senior producer)
· Beth McNamara (producer)
· Paula Abdul (judge)
· Randy Jackson (judge)
· Ryan Seacrest (host)
2004Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Personality
2004Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Reality/Variety TV Star - MaleAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality/Competition ProgramAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)· Simon Fuller (executive producer)
· Cécile Frot-Coutaz (executive producer)
· Simon Jones (executive producer)
· Nigel Lythgoe (co-executive producer)
· Ken Warwick (co-executive producer)
· David Goffin (supervising producer)
· Charles Boyd (senior producer)
· John Entz (producer)
· Beth McNamara (producer)
· Ryan Seacrest (host)
· Randy Jackson (judge)
· Paula Abdul (judge)

TitleSalary
The X Factor (2011)$75,000,000 including producer fee (2011)
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)$8,000,000 /yr. (Season 3)
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)$100,000,000 /year (2009-10)
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)$50,000 /episode (Season 2)
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)$100,000 (Season 1)

#Quote
1[writing a letter to his future self] you're a complete idiot, could you be any worse? you're as bad an example of 80's success as you can possible be, your overconfident, far too cocky and dressed from head to toe in expensive designer gear, own nothing but the best for yourself, it hasn't dawned on you yet, you idiot, that you can't afford any of this stuff.
2[2011] Having nothing is better than being in debt.
3I work out three or four times a week, I have Botox, take tons of vitamins and vitamin infusions - if you believe that these things work, you will feel better.
4I couldn't care less if people think I'm gay because it's nothing to be ashamed of. If I was living 200 years ago in a coal mine, maybe, but I work in possibly the gayest industry in the world! Music and TV! It would make no difference to my life or my career.
5A good manager is an absolute necessity.
6An entertainment career requires ridiculous amounts of hard work and difficult sacrifices. But the rewards, if you're lucky enough to enjoy them, are also huge, but getting there is almost impossible.
7TV is the most important factor in selling pop music.
8Pop was what I liked and understood. Pop for me would always be the future.
9The day I met Pete Waterman was easily the most important day of my career.
10I really can't think of anybody who I've dated who I hate or who hates me. Just because a woman isn't your girlfriend, that doesn't mean she can't stay in your life.
11I preferred the time when the pop market was less crowded but had bigger stars. When acts like Bros, Take That and Spice Girls made it big, they were out on their own and it was a far more exciting time.
12More PR people are spinning stories to cover failure than actually doing the song they're supposed to do.
13The future of the music business depends on how quickly we adapt to things going wrong. If sales are down we're not giving the public what it wants.
14[on Peter Andre] I would rather crawl through a maggot box than listen to his album.
15A good voice and a personality to match are hard to find.
16If you're too confident the voting public thinks you don't need its help.
17People need to be ruthless to make it to the very top.
18When rubbish stories are printed by the press, the public begins to believe them and the damage is done.
19A recording artist is probably the best job anyone could hope to have. The business is unpredictable and ruthless, but the rewards are huge. And it could be you, if you can sing.
20Entertainers do not rise to the top of their craft, or even the middle, without determination. Determination is an overused word, and the idea has become something of a cliché, but it's vital and true. Madonna's determination and confidence turned her into a pop star; her idea of herself as superior that separated her from the rest of the pack.
21Justin Timberlake is a force to be reckoned with. He understood the point of springboard appeal. He evolved into a fully-fledged star.
22Barbra Streisand can be out of the news for five years, but if she announced tomorrow that she was holding a concert, it would sell out faster than any concert on Earth. She's like a film star from the '40s--she lives in the mansion on the hill, the public knows little about her private life, but she's not plastered all over the tabloids everyday. She's not like 'Madonna (I)', who gives it all away in each incarnation and then has to remake herself to replenish her mystique. Barbra Streisand keeps her distance, is a little cooler, but no less respected.
23If I was 17 and a glamour model knocked on my bedroom door, I'd have definitely invited her in.
24Artists are so perfectly handled and manicured that they don't have anything to say except careerist babble. I don't see any personalities anymore.
25Oasis made bad behavior newsworthy.
26Being #1 in the charts used to mean something. The pop charts have lost the plot that made them so exciting to watch.
27The artists who endure are the ones who stay focused even after they have reached the top of their profession. In this business, there's always someone younger and hungrier coming up behind you. Staying famous is by no means guaranteed.
28If you forget about the people who put you on top, you'll become unglued.
29Don't pay too little attention to what people say about you.
30Pop music is a youth market, and a business.
31Writing a hit song is one of the hardest jobs on Earth. If you can find an artist who is a gifted songwriter - hallelujah! They're as rare as the Loch Ness Monster. Take a picture to prove they exist.
32Pop culture distorts fame and breeds a certain sense of entitlement.
33Many stars fall from their perch so rapidly they lose their dignity along with their reputation.
34Entertainment careers are all about momentum and courage.
35Someone with experience in the music business might be able to see something in you that you don't see in yourself.
36Food is fuel.
37Most stars aren't nice, trust me.
38Eye contact is a sign of confidence. Grovelling is an act of desperation.
39Don't sing and dance at the same time; it smacks of cabaret.
40There was only one Michael Jackson, thank God.
41Once you devote yourself to a pop career, you'll spend much of your time in audition rooms.
42[on Mark Owen] Nice guy, bad instincts.
43Genius is strange.
44When you meet Elton John, you're meeting a star with a capital S. He is what pop music is all about.
45I love anyone who can reinvent themselves. You can reinvent yourself not just through image, but through great pop songs.
46There's a myth in this business that if you don't hit by the time you're 25, you'll never make it. No one is governed by age.
47I have little patience for anybody who isn't prepared to put in 15-hour days.
48New artists need to be smart about their careers and take the path of lesser resistance when first establishing their names.
49I tend to think its the song that's more powerful than the performer. It's a ""Catch-22" situation: without the hit songs, artists don't have careers, but without careers, they won't have access to the hit songs.
50[on Michael Jackson] He's the equivalent of a Victorian freak show.
51I am never just looking for a talent, but rather a talent with a head start.
52It helps if you can write your own songs if you want to be a singer. If you can't it's all the more harder.
53Having worked in the music business for 35 years, its probably the funniest business on Earth. When I watch Top of the Pops (1998) now, I don't find anything funny in it anymore. Our main job is to make an entertaining TV show, which honestly reflects the pop music industry. If we ever get it totally right, though, no one will watch.
54[on Pete Waterman] He speaks his mind and doesn't give a shit.
55A bad singer who believes in himself has a different look in his eyes from that of a bad singer who comes in to make a mockery of the audition process. The latter has a funny little smile, or a weird kind of bravado.
56On the first day of any show you are conscious of the lights and cameras and the fact that you are on TV. By the second day, after listening to 160 wannabes who can't sing quite in time, you don't care. You just want them to leave the room.
57We now live in a fame epidemic. There has never been another time when so many young people sought celebrity status. Every magazine available portrays a lifestyle that looks great. My job is to point out to all the hopefuls the reality of what they're after. If you want that lifestyle you have to have talent. And you have to realize you may have to work for it.
58There's a world of difference between a winner and a runner-up.
59Freedom of the press is a good thing.
60[on Lionel Richie] He had a fantastic sense of humor, was as smart as a whip and was as musically astute as anyone I had ever met.
61[early auditions] I was sure the audience would respond to that, because it showcased what's inherently funny about the industry - the egos, the delusions, the tantrums, and of course, the singers who were horrendous but believed they were the Second Coming.
62I am a very good judge. We look for those with the greatest potential; the singers and performers who could be molded and encouraged.
63Personality makes a massive difference.
64I hate office politics because its so boring.
65The Sex Pistols' appearance on "The Bill Grundy Show" v) was the most cynical, brilliant piece of TV I've ever seen.
66[about the music business] The real sexy job in this business was to work for a record label. This was a business you had to teach yourself, and if you were going to succeed, you had to take risks.
67The people on the bottom rung look up to those at the top, and the ones at the top invariably look down on those at the bottom.
68As far as kids are concerned, I'm brilliant with them, as long as they belong to other people and I don't have to be with them 24 hours a day.
69Like so many artists, I felt [Paula Abdul] was a mix of arrogance and insecurity.
70As a record executive based in England, I was trained to think of America as the ultimate market.
71[what it takes to win] We need someone who has the potential to be a star around the globe. Someone who is focused, talented, and a hard worker in every respect. You know when you're in the presence of a star.
72America does glitzy events better than any other country.
73Performances without the critique just doesn't work. It heightens the appeal of the show.
74America is a huge country with a wonderful tradition of superb singers.
75Auditions are a very difficult, one-sided process.
76The difference with US contestants is they fight back.
7790% of the people are awful and 10% are good. Since 100% of the contestants believe they're destined to be big stars, 90% are deluded. Its an epidemic.
78[his second thought when he saw Paula Abdul] Small.
79[his first thought when he saw Paula Abdul] Cute.
80Many comedians aren't funny when they're offstage.
81Tom Jones has that ability to appeal to both kids and older people.
82[at 4 years of age] I may not have been able to read, but I knew precisely what music I didn't like - and my parents had a sizable collection of it.
83[Elvis Presley] and his management team were the first to recognize the power of television as the most powerful method of selling millions of records.
84The world I was born into was very different from the way the world is now. No McDonalds, no color TV, and luckily, no Paula Abdul.
85In her day, Madonna was one of the most innovative artists in the world. She had that instinct to know what producers to work with, and how and when to reinvent herself. She is a legend, but now she's a mother and a wife, she's respectable.
86First impressions count in this business. Even if you have a voice like Barbra Streisand, you won't get very far if you're ordinary.
87Nobody's perfect.
88No matter how bad things are, if you've got the guts and the determination, you can fulfill your dream.
89One minute, you're driving the 8:15 from Crewe to London, and three months later, you're on stage in front of millions of people.
90If the public don't warm to your personality, you're out. The music industry requires that you have a larger-than-life personality.
91As a judge of talent, Pete Waterman is one of the best, because he's not sitting there as a record producer. He's sitting there as a true lover of music and talent--a fan. Pete is TV gold.
92It would have been good if Dad could have been here to enjoy at least some of my success.
93The disco era was one of the best times for pop music - ever. It was an era that encouraged fun, glamour and excess.
94Sometimes there are performers that hook you from the first time you see them.
95A new artist costs 2 to 3 million pounds to launch properly. That's an expensive shag.
96Whether you're Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra, you're remembered for your songs.
97I'm as competitive with somebody who works for my company as I am with somebody who works for another label.
98Be patient and wait for the right thing to come your way.
99Jennifer Lopez embodies the pop dream. Her rags to riches story proves that anyone can do great things with hard work, talent and a little luck.
100Many celebs make the fatal mistake of reading their press, absorbing it and changing their ideas about themselves on the basis of what fans and critics say about them, e.g. Michael Jackson.
101The music industry is a culture awash with sycophants and yes-men.
102I have become famous for being rude. I'm the honest one.
103If I knew what made [Cheryl] special, I would bottle it and sell it.
104Because I'm not shy, I let my feelings be known in the press.
105When you see a hundred singers a day, it's amazing if you can remember even a handful of them.
106[what asked by people what they need to do to break into the music industry[ Don't bother.
107People are intuitively aware of a front-runner or a leader.
108My favourite contestant is the one who tells us I've given up everything for this. I've sacrificed a lot to live this dream. How old are you I ask? 17 they reply. In other words, this is an accurate representation of life today. Make me famous. Make me rich. I want it all. Now!
109I'm often asked if I can take criticism, and I always think back to those days when the tough feedback of someone who knew more than me helped me so much more than fake praise.
110[on Pete Waterman] He was arrogant, conceited and rude--and a genius. My kind of guy.
111Never over-negotiate your initial salaries. If things work out afterwards, the money will follow. Ask for too much at the beginning and you may not get the job.
112Nothing is more demoralizing than a bad set of contestants. And nothing is more invigorating than seeing a real talent emerge.
113Most good songwriters are whores. They go where the money is.
114[about the day that his band Westlife went to #1 and then his father died] The best day of my life had suddenly become the worst day of my life.
115The minute you start to compromise on a band or an artist, you're finished.
116Mariah Carey is the epitome of a diva.
117If you have the opportunity to get a part on a TV show, no matter how small it seems, take it.
118[about Los Angeles] It's a very difficult place to try and make it from the bottom up. It only works if you're dealing from a position of strength.
119If I want art, I'll buy it.
120Success rarely changes anyone. Rather it gives them the power to be what they always were.
121[on Piers Morgan] He is sensitive to criticism, much more so than I am. This is the sort of person who will Google himself 20 times a day to find something positive.
122We've never had a runner-up like [Susan Boyle] before. She won over a lot of fans with her voice and graciousness.
123[to Susan Boyle] I absolutely adore you.
124[Susan Boyle] could become the biggest star I've ever discovered. Susan is the biggest entertainment story this year [2009]. It's the biggest phenomenon I've ever seen out of any of my shows [Britain's Got Talent (2007)]. Broadway and Hollywood are possibilities for Susan. I would love to sit her down for five minutes and say, "Susan, you proved a point. You turned us around in five seconds, I apologize for ever doubting you". She is one of the most famous people in the world. If nothing else happens she has acceptance and for whatever reason, I don't think she had that before.
125[on Britain's Got Talent (2007)] It gives the underdog a shot, and I think it's brilliant. The great thing about it is when you start seeing it in places like China and Afghanistan. It's democracy. We've given democracy back to the world.
126Come as who you are, not who you want to be.
127[His first thought when he laid eyes on Susan Boyle] This will take five seconds and then I can go have a cup of tea.
128[after hearing Susan Boyle's performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" on Britain's Got Talent (2007)] Susan, you are a little tiger, aren't you?
129People need an escape and this is what I provide - an excuse to laugh and forget your problems. We change people's lives.
130[His reaction to Susan Boyle wanting to sing "I Dreamed a Dream" in 2009] Big song.
131[His first words to Susan Boyle] Alright, what's your name, darling?
132Was Susan Boyle right to dream a dream? Yes. Susan Boyle was good for all of us. She was certainly good for me because I look at me in that audition and saw something I didn't like, which was incredibly judgmental. Susan will help an awful lot of people who didn't have the confidence to do this.
133[when Susan Boyle lost to Diversity] I could see the fear in her eyes--it's all over.
134[thinking back on Susan Boyle's star-making audition] I felt the audience getting restless, smelling blood even. And that changed after the singing. After the chorus, her life had changed forever. That was a magical audition, like no one else's.
135[on Susan Boyle] She's like a great underdog story.
136Many stars prefer their own company.
137I'm not going to waste my energy on focusing what others do.
138I'm enjoying daytimes now.
139I've got to become uncluttered.
140My life is a night shift.
141Once I've gone off someone, that's it for life.
142One Direction are my best calling card.
143We have to find a star who is the equivalent of Manchester United.
144X-Factor (2006) has become the underdog.
145Britney Spears is the Greta Garbo of pop.
146Will Young is a fake, sniveling little drama queen.
147Give me one day to make a pilot [episode] and I'll show you that it works.
148When you're having hits, you're set on a new path.
149[in 2012] I've never been happier.
150One Direction are the success story X-Factor (2006) acts should aspire to.
151Pudsey is the act I've been waiting for all my life.
152Talking to celebrities is too much effort. They all think the same.
153Embrace the madness.
154Work is my mistress.
155Marriage is an outdated contract.
156[about money] If it could pour on me every day like a shower, I would lie in it for an hour. I just love it.
157We'll speak about general matters for the first five minutes and the rest of the time we'll speak about me.
158Cruelty is good television.
159I read The Sun to see what people want.
160I will never borrow money again.
161I have an absolute hatred of losing. Even losing at Monopoly as a kid. I just want to beat the competition.
162It's not our intention to be mean. That's just within us.
163I only play to win.
164[About Cheryl] The hardest thing to accept is that everyone has painted me as a monster because I embarrassed her. But the truth was I was protecting her. I just want people to be in the best place at the right time. It wasn't that she was terrible. She was good. I just thought she'd be happier in the UK.
165[on Botox] Of course I have had it. I mean, for me, it's like cleaning my teeth, you know? Something makes your teeth whiter or something stops you having lines.
166[on plastic surgery] I think you've got to be very careful as a guy, in particular, that you can end up looking really, really weird.
167What is there to be excited about turning 50? Can't we just pretend it is not going to happen?
168If I went to a psychiatrist, it would be a long session. I've always thought that I do have a number of issues that probably need dealing with, because I am quite odd in some ways. I get very dark moods for no reason. Nothing in particular brings it on. You can be having the best time of your life and yet you're utterly and totally miserable. I get very antisocial, depressed and irritable with people. I don't have time for them. I can't make phone calls and stuff. I just sit on my own for days. I'm not sitting in a darkened room rocking. Things might have gone really well and then I torture myself. I cannot believe it. I have to find something to make me miserable. Someone said to me recently, "You're like a human buffet table. Everyone comes and takes something from you and, at the end, there's nothing left". The last time I felt that way was when I looked at my diary and realized I had the next 18 months planned. I could tell you where I was going to be every day--which city, what time and almost what I was going to eat. That really depressed me.
169I don't want to marry anyone, because whoever marries me will end up hating me.
170What luxury would I take to a desert island? A mirror. It's true. I'd miss me.
171Music videos have become the equivalent of moving wallpaper. You notice them, but you can't remember them.
172[about American Idol (2002)] Sometimes it's mind-numbingly boring and it shows on my face.
173[About his father's death and his band's reaching #1 on the charts on the same day] The ultimate irony. The worst thing that could happen, and the best--all in the one day. It just shocked me to the core. I just never thought my dad wouldn't be around. I phoned him to tell him about the #1, because that's what I did. When something good happened, I called my dad. At first, my mother couldn't even tell me he was dead. She just listened to me burbling on. Then she called me back to tell me. Awful.
174[about Taylor Hicks] They [Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson] loved him. I couldn't stand him. I didn't get it. At the end of the day you have to find a bona fide recording artist. Just because you win the show doesn't mean you will sell a lot of records. Chris Daughtry is the one who sold the albums, not Taylor.
175[on Michael Jackson] The guy is off his rocker.
176I don't take myself seriously and I don't consider myself a star.
177I don't want babies the same way I wouldn't want a puppy. It's too much responsibility.
178[To the infamous Keith who sang a horrible rendering of "Like a Virgin"] "Keith, last year I described someone as being the worst singer in America. I think you're possibly the worst singer in the world . . . I've never, ever heard anything like that in my life, ever.
179If you would have asked me what I thought of America before I came over here I would have used the word "corny". And then you come over here and you find that it's not corny at all. British people are very cynical, they cannot bear someone else's success. Americans embrace other people's success. Everything in America is larger than life.
180Sit in these auditions for three weeks and hear "I Believe I Can Fly" out of tune for the millionth time, YOU try and be nice.
181We've done three seasons of [American Idol (2002)] and by now it is safe to assume that most people know that you have to be able to sing. But people turn up who can't sing a note and yet they believe they are the Second Coming.
182[Asked if he feels guilty about what he says to American Idol (2002) contestants] No, what I am doing is kind by telling people who are useless, "Do something that you're good at". So I would only feel guilt if I misled somebody who was terrible.
183[to a Pop Idol (2001) contestant] Let me throw a mathematical dilemma at you - there's 500 left, well how come the odds of you winning are a million to one?
184I'd accept an honour but I don't think I'm likely to get one. The Queen once described me as a dreadful man.

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Is Simon Cowell's Net Worth Deserved?

  • Dee Tea

    For what this guy accomplishes; he is not worth that much more than an everyday person. It’s not like he discovered the cure for cancer. How do people value stuff? Geez.