Simon Cowell rose from being an unknown employee of a record label to becoming one of the most important figures in entertainment. The British producer and television personality has built a sizable business for himself and served as the head judge on numerous talent competitions.
Simon’s distinctive, frequently brutally honest style has proven to be very well-liked. The talent shows introduced him to a new type of audience.
We’re talking about a lot of money, so perhaps that’s one of the reasons he’s made so much. In actuality, Simon Cowell has received numerous millions of dollars over the years, with recent reports detailing the exact amount of money he earned for each season of American Idol.
After leaving school, Simon Cowell obtained his own position in the music industry. His father was successful in getting him a job as an assistant at the record company EMI, where his duties included discovering fresh talent and nurturing musicians.
He started two music labels of his own as he rose through the ranks at EMI, although these were never particularly successful.
He returned home to live with his parents, which was a decision that might have broken anyone. But for Simon Cowell, it was “relief.”
“Everything went – my house, my Porsche, all the things I thought were important,” he explained. “I had nice food every night at home. I was quite happy, really.”
Cowell started over and founded S Records Label, to which he signed boybands like 5ive and Westlife. He also signed artist Jerome, who recorded the Righteous Brothers’ hit Unchained Melody in 1995. It turned out to be a top-selling single.
However, it was through talent shows that Simon himself would rise to fame.
“My talent is for creating things the public will like,” he explained. “I’m interested only in making money, for myself, and the people I work for. I mean, that’s absolutely the only criterion I attach.”
Talent show success
In 2001, the world of entertainment would witness the birth of a new entity. Together with Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller, Simon Cowell created the program Pop Idol, on which he starred as a judge. The show became a smash-hit among the viewers, and Simon became a mega-celebrity overnight.
His tight T-shirt and now classic catchphrase, “I don’t mean to be rude but,” became a trademark. Just one year later, Fox picked up the show. Now it was headed for the US, and Simon had all of a sudden become a celebrity across the Atlantic.
The first season finale – which Kelly Clarkson won – attracted more than 26 million viewers, and Simon quickly understood that there was a huge amount of money to be made here.
He made the decision to make unique records with an American Idol concept while Simon Fuller owned, ran, and managed the competition.
Simon Cowell’s estimated wealth
In only a few years, Simon went from being penniless to being a multi-millionaire. He made a ton of money from the talent competitions, such as X Factor and America’s Got Talent, along with other record labels, and in 2006, he signed a new contract.
Cowell made a lot of money during the additional five years he served as a judge on American Idol.
Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were the three judges when American Idol premiered. It started out as an interesting project, but it quickly grew to be one of the most popular shows on television, changing many people’s lives and giving the audience world class artists.
Two of the most notable winners over the years have been Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson – in the future, many more will surely come.
For a total of nine seasons, Simon remained a cast member. Additionally, he formed the production businesses Syco TV, Syco Film, and Syco Music, as well as The X Factor for the US and the UK.
In both the US and the UK, Cowell served as a judge on The X Factor. He served as executive producer and judge on both America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent at the same time.
Even though he was a judge on many shows, one thing stayed the same. His raw, almost rude, attitude was always present. But at the same time, he had no problem with getting emotional when he heard something beautiful.
At the same time as Simon’s been seen laughing at funny auditions, he’s also been able to laugh all the way to the bank.
Simon Cowell made a staggering $36 million dollars in 2008 alone. According to Celebritynetworth.com, the media mogul earned $45 million in 2017, and the year after $41 million. In 2020, Simon Cowell bagged more than $50 million.
In total, Simon Cowell has a net worth of $600 million. He donates a portion of his money every year to different organizations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he donated $1.5 million to Feeding America and Feeding Britain.
Simon Cowell – botox injections
You really have the freedom to do whatever you want with all of this money. To that aim, Cowell has made significant efforts to change his appearance and purchased a sizable Malibu estate outside of Los Angeles, California.
For instance, the media mogul has received several injections and botox treatments in his face during the recent years. He was one of the first male television personalities to openly admit to using Botox, according to Hello Magazine. In 2018, Cowell told the Sun he had undergone a non-surgical “sewing bioplastic-infused thread” facelift.
“There’s lots of things you can do now. You don’t just have to stuff your face with filler and Botox,” Cowell said, as quoted.
“It hurts like hell but it gets rid of sun damage and unplugs all the crap.” “For me now, it’s all about having clean skin. If you have clean skin, you look better. But you have to be very careful with some of this stuff.”
“Probably did a little too much”
Cowell added that him using Botox actually “added 10 years” to his television career, which has been majorly successful. However, he admits that he probably went a little bit to far.
“Hopefully I look better now — I probably did have a little too much Botox a couple of years ago, because everyone on TV has it,” he said.
“Now I have facials, but nothing too extravagant at the moment. I have a girl who comes here and does a great face massage — it’s very relaxing. I also had a sheep placenta facial once, which was quite out there.”
Simon has recently developed into a family man as well, even though he continues to work hard for numerous of his businesses.
He announced his first child’s impending arrival in 2013 along with his partner Lauren Silverman. They welcomed their son, Eric, on Valentine’s Day of 2014.
“Meeting Lauren and becoming a dad was the most fantastic thing to happen in my life,” Cowell, then 54 years old, said.
Simon Cowell – hospital visit
Cowell’s family are living their best life, but at the same time, Simon has had several problems with his health.
In October of 2017, he was rushed to the hospital after fainting and falling down the stairs. His representative described it as “a scary morning”, and it was later determined that the fall was due to low blood pressure.
Following the accident, he met with a doctor who told him he had to change his diet and not consume red meat, wheat, dairy, gluten or sugar.
“I’m thinking, what about alcohol? That’s all I care about,” Cowell recalled in an interview with Extra. “And he said, ‘Maybe not quite as much as you had before’.”
Simon Cowell’s undergone an incredible health journey over the last couple of years. And the result is nothing less than fantastic!
Major health recovery
In just 12 months, Simon’s lost 56 pounds. And the COVID-19 pandemic – and its accompanying lockdown – hasn’t given him any excuse to pile the weight on again.
“I think I have dropped, since I started this diet a year ago, 60 pounds. I’m doing a bit of cooking. I’m exercising,” he mentions. “Funny enough, more during this time as well, sticking to the diet.”
But last year, Simon was in another serious accident when he fell off his electric bike in the courtyard of his home in Malibu, California. He was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery to repair a broken back.
Cowell was “doing” fine following the six-hour surgery, which included placement of a metal rod. Things really could’ve turned out way worse than it did.
It forced him to miss the beginning of last season’s live show America’s Got Talent.
Bike accident in Malibu home
“Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time,” Cowell wrote on Twitter, thanking fans and friends for their “kind messages.”
Even though his message seemed calming for his fans, things weren’t really as positive as they might have been.
Cowell explained that he was shocked once he saw the X-ray.
“I knew I’d broken my back the minute I landed. It was really, really kind of sudden and it hurt,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse. When I saw the X-ray, I really nearly could have smashed my spine to pieces, so I literally wouldn’t have been able to walk.”
Doctors told him that he should lie down and rest, and he knew that he wasn’t supposed to move. However, Cowell did the opposite.
“I was so embarrassed”
A source, he was walking around just two days after his surgery.
“I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to get back into the house because I can’t lie there’, and made myself kind of get carried into my bedroom, which is right there at the beginning of the house, and I’m lying there and I’m kind of passing out … It was surreal,” he said.
Simon Cowell was said to have been testing a new electric bike with son Eric. The hardest part for him was recovering from the accident at home, which he thought was embarrassing to do in front of his son.
“I was so embarrassed about coming home looking about 100 because I couldn’t walk, and I have these metal rods in my back and these screws,” Cowell explained. “
I said, ‘Lauren, I just don’t know how to explain it to Eric.’ She obviously said something to him because he came in and I was lying in bed and he said, ‘Daddy, you’re like Ironman,’ and I thought that was the sweetest thing and it meant a lot.”
Recovering from the accident has taken some time. However, it also has shown us all that Cowell is very determined, doing all he can to get back to normal.
And he’s done it in a very impressive way.
Impressive workout routine
Simon has been walking over 40 miles each week to help with his recovery from his injury. He holds business meetings every morning, and walks for several hours each day. The music mogul sure is doing everything he can to get back to normal, and others are also impressed.
“He feels fitter than ever before and is keeping to a normal routine rather than being on the phone until into the early hours of the morning,” the source said.
Simon Cowell son
Through building his empire, Simon has earned himself a multimillion dollar fortune. However, it turns out that the music doesn’t want to share the money with his child.
It’s essential to learn the importance of money, and if you have parents with a considerable fortune, things can be expected be easier, right?
But over the years, we have seen celebrities declare that their children will not inherit a penny of their fortune. Simon Cowell is one of these – because he genuinely believes his children should create their own fortune.
“I’m going to leave my money to somebody. A charity, probably — kids and dogs. I don’t believe in passing on from one generation to another,” Simon told The Mirror and added:
“Your legacy has to be that hopefully you gave enough people an opportunity, so that they could do well, and you gave them your time, taught them what you know.”
Today, Simon Cowell has only one child – an 8-year-old boy named Eric.
When Simon Cowell met Eric’s mother, Lauren Silverman, she was married to one of Cowell’s close friends, Andrew Silverman.
In 2013 news broke that the couple were expecting their first child together. Lauren was still married to Andrew, but by the end of the year they divorced.
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Eric was born and while Cowell was overjoyed to become a father, he struggled with it initially. Simon, who never expected to be a father, wasn’t proud of his affair.
“It is not something I am proud of or wanted to happen in terms of hurting anyone. It just happened,” he said.
But today, he couldn’t be happier. In many ways, the father-son-duo is very alike. According to Simon, they appreciate the same things – Scooby Doo, Disney movies, and laughing at the dogs.
”He’s the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. I adore him,” America’s Got Talent judge said.
Eric is named after Cowell’s late father, Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, who died in 1999. Recently, Simon also praised his son for making him stop getting fillers and injections in his face. It went so far that Eric got scared by his father’s face.
“There was a stage where I might have gone a bit too far. I saw a picture of me from ‘before’ the other day, and didn’t recognise it as me first of all,” Simon remarked:
“Eric was in hysterics. Enough was enough. There is no filler in my face at all now. Zero,” the X Factor judge said.
Simon Cowell has created himself a media empire. But also, he’s met the love of his life and had a wonderful son. He’s doing all he can to recover from his horrible injury, and hopefully, we’ll see him as a judge on television before too long.