About Simon Cowell

Love him or hate him and what he stands for, Simon Cowell has certainly made a household name for himself on both sides of the Atlantic. He was born in London on October the 7th, 1959, and is still not dead. After mostly flunking out at school and college, his father, an executive at recording company EMI, managed to get him a job in the mail room. Cowell first shot to fame (notoriety?) as one a judge for the first series of 'Pop Idol' in 2001, a TV show that aimed to find future pop stars, in much the same way as the old Hughie Green show 'Opportunity Knocks' in the 1970s and early 1980s. Cowell made a 'name' for himself by his acerbic wit, and often rude, and even hurtful comments about the various contestants. When he uses his signature phrase of 'I don't mean to be rude, but...' he often is very rude, and was voted number 10 of 'The TV Guide' 60 nastiest villains of all time. Having said that, he was also voted number 41 of 'The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010' by the magazine New Statesman. Tellingly, in an interview on BBC's 'Top Gear' car programme, he revealed that he pays over £21.7 million in income tax a year. This means that by extrapolating the numbers, he earns over £54.25 million pounds a year. The Sunday Times Rich List of 2011 puts his personal wealth in excess of £200 million, making him the sixth richest person in the British music industry. Who said the nice guys always win?

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