Simon Cowell is the mastermind behind some of the biggest talent shows, from The X Factor franchise to Britain’s Got Talent. As the man behind One Direction, Little Mix and James Arthur, the record executive has had huge success in his career. But just how much has he made from his rise to fame?
The Lambeth-born star began his career in the mailroom at EMI Music Publishing where his father worked as an executive.
However, he soon went on to bigger things as he formed his own record label, famously scoring his first big hit with Sinitta, who is now a close friend.
Surprisingly, he also rose to fame by releasing novelty records with acts such as the puppets Zig and Zag, Power Rangers, and World Wrestling Federation.
But it was the singing duo Robson & Jerome who made Cowell his first million, after he had the two actors record Unchained Melody.
The hit went to number one for seven weeks and the pair went on to sell seven million albums and five million singles – making Simon a very rich man in the process.
After success with other bands including Five and Westlife, Simon turned to TV to help find the next big star.
The music boss launched Pop Idol, signing both Will Young and Gareth Gates after the popular competition ended.
However, his role as a judge saw the television personality become well known for his sharp tongue and criticism of the budding stars.
He later launched Britain’s Got Talent, which is now watched in 70 countries.
However, despite making millions through the success of his artists and business-savvy, Simon also gives to good causes.
The talent show judge pledged £1.3million to help charities survive the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
He is also working on a new children’s book series, according to The Sunday Times.
Cowell has signed a deal with Hachette for The Wishfits, a series he’ll be writing with his six-year-old son, Eric.
Cowell said, “To be able to write a series of books with my son Eric has been magical.
“This idea was inspired three years ago by a very special friend of ours who runs a children’s hospice charity. I told her one evening about some of the funny animals my son Eric and I would invent, starting with the Cog and the Dat.
“And how every evening the two of us would think of the most unlikely animal we would like to have as a pet.
“We would come up with some very strange new animals and the naming of the animals was Eric’s favourite thing.”