Simon Cowell is worth a whopping $550 million. He is widely recognised for his appearance as a judge on the British talent show series Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol, and America’s Got Talent.

Early Life

Simon Philip Cowell was born in Lambeth, London and raised in Elstree, Hertfordshire. Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and the Dover College. He gained a GCE in Sociology from Windsor Technical College.

Career

Simon Cowell began a career in the music industry from his father’s company EMI Music Publishing’s mail room. After failing to get a promotion, he quit the company and had a series of unsuccessful ventures including the formation of E&S music and Fanfare Records.

He eventually became A&R consultant and set up S Records, which was a success after he signed with Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, Five, Westlife and Teletubbies.

In 2001, Cowell became the judge of TV show Pop Idol and then the judge of American Idol in 2002. In 2004, Cowell became the judge of The X Factor, which was an instant success. Following the success of The Idol and The X Factor, Cowell, his company Syco and business partners developed a talent show.

America’s Got Talent was debuted in 2006, and Britain’s Got Talent was debuted in 2007 and Cowell appeared as a judge in both the shows. In 2015, he launched “La Banda”, a US TV show to find male singers to form the ultimate Latino Boy Band.

Cowell has also co-produced other talent shows including American Inventor, Celebrity Duets, Grease Is The Word, Rock Rivals, Red or Black and Food Glorious Food. He also partnered with YouTube in 2013, and launched a video sharing competition “The You Generation”.

Cowell is also the founder and chief executive of Syco, a British entertainment company.

Cowell is one of the most influential celebrities. In 2004 and 2010, Cowell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

He was also ranked #41 on the list of “50 people who matter” in 2010 by New Statesman. In 2013, TV Guide named him at number 10 in their 2013 list of the 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.

Other TV Shows

Cowell has also appeared in numerous films, and TV shows including The Simpsons, Scary Movie-3, Shrek 2, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Saturday Night Live and Live With Regis and Kelly.

Books

Cowell published his autobiography “I Don’t Mind to be rude, but….” in 2003.

Awards and Achievements

Cowell has won several awards including ASCAP Award, Blimp Award, MTV Movie Award, Special Recognition Award and Teen Choice Award.

Simon Cowell Net Worth

Cowell’s net worth is around $550 million and is one of the highest paid Reality Television Star with a peak annual salary estimated at $95 million.

House and Cars

Cowell lives in his mansion in 717 N Palm Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. The house which is worth $29 million has a swimming pool, gym, home cinema, bar and a spa.

He has another house in Holland Park, West London, UK for $11.6 million. Cowell also owns a home in Barbados, West Indies. The house which is worth $23 million has all the luxuries including a swimming pool, gym, beach, library and a spa.

Cowell is an owner of an extensive collection of expensive cars. His collection includes Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari 360 & 458 Italia, Mercedes SL55 AMG, Bentley Azure, Phantom Drophead Coupe, manufactured by Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, and Brabus Cabriolet Smart Brabus.

In 2010, Cowell spent $900,000 to buy a private yacht.

Endorsements

Cowell has appeared in the Vanilla Coke ad along with rapper Missy Elliot and actor Chazz Palminteri.

Philanthropy

Cowell has been involved in philanthropic activities for several years. He is the patron of Together for Short Lives, a UK charity for children with life-threatening conditions.

He also supports animal rights; Cowell donated money to Manchester Dogs’ Home in England after it was hit by a large fire.

He appeared on the charity telethon “BBC Children in the Need” where viewers pledged thousands to see him get sawn in half.

Cowell participated in a fund-raising event in L.A in support of the Israeli Defense Forces and made a personal donation of $150,000.

He also supports several charities including ACLU of Southern California, Centre for Environmental Education, Help for Heroes, Kids Wish Network, Linda Blair World Heart Foundation, PETA, Save the Children, Wildlife Aid Foundation and World Animal Protection.

Conclusion

Cowell definitely did not have an easy start in his career. However, he has now built an empire of his own and is one of the most influential TV celebrities today.