1. Biography

Born on October 7, 1959, Simon Phillip Cowell is best known for his contributions on popular TV shows American Idol and X Factor. Originally born in the Lambeth borough of London, England, Cowell spends part of the year in Los Angeles and the rest in London.

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2. Income & Salary

Cowell landed his first position in the music industry as a mail clerk at EMI Music Publishing, the same company where his father worked. By 1979, he had moved up the corporate ladder and landed a position as a talent scout within the company. After a few years, he left EMI in the early 1980’s and went on to form a couple of record labels on his own. Eventually, he wound up at BMG Records as a consultant, and managed to land quite a few successful acts during his tenure. Cowell’s television career took off in 2001, when Pop Idol, a reality-style TV show where singers would compete live for a record deal with BMG. American Idol, the shows American counterpart, took off in 2002, and Cowell’s ability to criticize contestants so bluntly made him a star stateside. Many former contestants on American Idol have gone on to have successful music careers, perhaps most notably Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

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3. Estimated Net Worth

For years, Cowell has been among the highest paid TV personalities worldwide. In 2013, he is estimated to have earned a staggering $95 million, on top of $90 million earned in 2012. His overall net worth is estimated to be $350 million.How much is Simon Cowell’s Net Worth? $350 Million!