Simon Cowell Net Worth

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Simon Cowell Net Worth:
$600 Million

Simon Cowell's Salary

$95 Million

Simon Cowell net worth: Simon Cowell is a British music executive and television producer who has a net worth of $600 million. Simon is one of the most successful media personalities of both music and television of the last 30 years. In a typical year he earns $50 – $100 million from his various endeavors.

Early Life: Simon Phillip Cowell was born in Lambeth, London, England on October 7, 1959. He was raised in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His mother Julie was a ballet dancer and socialite. His father Eric was an estate agent, property developer, and music industry executive. He has a younger brother, Nicholas, three half-brothers, John, Tony, and Michae; and a half-sister, June. Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and Dover College but left after taking GCE O levels. He passed English Language and Literature, and then attended Windsor Technical College, where he gained another GCE in Sociology.

Career: Cowell worked a number of odd jobs in his youth, including working as a runner on Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining, but he never got along with his colleagues and bosses. Eventually he Simon went to work for his father, Eric Philip Cowell, who was an executive at EMI Music Publishing. Initially starting out in the mailroom, Simon worked his way up at the company before leaving to form his own label, E&S Music. He then went to work at a company called Fanfare Records for eight years until its 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 did not come from music artists, but from novelty releases based on popular television series such as The Wiggles and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In 1995,  he persuaded two actors, Robson Green and Jerome Flynn from the UK television drama series Soldier Soldier, to sign with him and record the song "Unchained Melody", which they had performed on the show. The recording by the duo, now named Robson & Jerome, quickly reached number one in the UK, staying at the top of the chart for seven weeks. It became the best selling single of 1995, and their self-titled album released later in the year also became the best-selling album of 1995. According to Cowell, they made him his first million. Later acts he signed included Five, Westlife, and Teletubbies.

In 2001, Cowell became a judge on the British television reality 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 Pop Idol spin-off, American Idol. Cowell's prominence grew, fed by his signature phrase, "I don't mean to be rude, but …." On January 11, 2010, Cowell's exit from American Idol was made official. By the time Cowell left American Idol, the show was on its seventh consecutive season in its leadership among all primetime programs in the United States.

Cowell uses his newest label, Syco, as a platform to release records from the talent seen on its sister company, Syco TV, which produces television shows The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, and its subsequent licensed sister show, America's Got Talent.

In 2004 and 2010, Time magazine named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2008 he received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall.  TV Guide named him at number 10 in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest 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 the recording and release of a charity single "Bridge over Troubled Water." Cowell collaborated with a number of vocalists for the single, including Robbie Williams, Dua Lipa, Roger Daltrey, and Rita Ora, and the song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Simon Cowell Net Worth

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Personal Life: Cowell dated English television host Terri Seymour from 2002 to 2008. Cowell was engaged to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010 to 2011.

In 2013, Cowell allegedly began dating an American woman named Lauren Silverman. In July 2013, Silverman's husband and Cowell's friend, Andrew Silverman, filed for divorce, citing adultery by his wife and naming Cowell as a co-respondent. News of the divorce filing became public two weeks later when it was widely reported that Silverman and Cowell were expecting a baby together. In August 2013, the Silvermans settled their divorce out of court, enabling Cowell to avoid being called as a witness in the divorce proceedings. He subsequently confirmed that Silverman was pregnant with his child, and she gave birth to their son on February 14, 2014.

Cowell a patron of Together for Short Lives, the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. He also supports animal rights and has appeared in a video for PETA in which he reminds drivers of the cruelty to animals that can occur when their pets are locked in cars in the summer.

Salary Highlights: When you total up all of Simon's various business venture incomes, his annual salary regularly exceeds $95 million. His peak salary for American Idol was $33 million per season. Cowell's final year as a host of American Idol was in 2010, and now he 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.

Real Estate: In 2017, Simon Cowell purchased a $26.995 million oceanfront home on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The modern home sits on a private bluff at the end of a gated driveway. The seven-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom home offers ocean views from nearly every room, and the master suite is complete with a fireplace, two bathrooms, and even a spa-slash-massage room. The pool, spa, barbecue, and lounge area are spread out on the stone courtyard; a tennis court, gym and four-car garage are elsewhere on the 1.63-acre property.

Cowell also owns two homes in Beverly Hills, a mansion in London's Holland Park, and a three-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Simon Cowell Net Worth

Simon Cowell

Net Worth:$600 Million
Salary:$95 Million
Date of Birth:Oct 7, 1959 (60 years old)
Gender:Male
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Profession:A&R executive, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Screenwriter, Presenter, Critic, Record producer, Businessperson, Actor, TV Personality
Nationality:United Kingdom
Last Updated:2020

Simon Cowell Earnings

  • American Idol
    $8,000,000/year
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