Simon Cowell
British artist executive
Simon Cowell
Biography
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Birthday
07 October 1959
home town
London
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Simon cowell
Birth name
Simon Phillip Cowell
Hometown
Hertfordshire
Elstree
England
Residence
London
Los Angeles, California
England
State of California
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Donald Trump Gets Buzzed Off Hilarious ‘America’s Got Talent’ Spoof
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Donald Trump’s rumored television network Trump TV will need some shows, so how about “Trump’s Got Talent?” YouTube channel “Super Deluxe” imagines what the GOP nominee’s version of the popular “America’s Got Talent” contest could look like in a new spoof video. But the brash businessman’s audition doesn’t go exactly to plan. While Trump spouts off his hateful rhetoric about suspending immigration, head judge Simon Cowell puts his fingers firmly in his ears. The four judges soon push their buzzers, giving Trump a punishing four Xs. Cowell then declares Trump’s efforts “one of the worst things I’ve ever heard in my life.” “You remind me of clowns and clowns scare me,” he adds. Check it out in the clip above. Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ...
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10 Things Every Nonprofit Professional Should Do (To Stay Sane)
Huffington Post - 2 months
Adapted from "The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories & Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving," by Jenny Santi. (Tarcher Penguin Random House, 2016) People who choose to work in the social sector start out with at least one advantage: they are motivated by their idealism - as opposed to many others work simply to make a living. Many nonprofit professional are deeply devoted to their organization's mission, and they feel the rewards of a career that "makes a difference." But while nonprofit professionals benefit from a very natural energy source, how do they sustain their motivation, commitment, and passion in the long haul when what they do for a living barely makes a living and the grind never stops? As I gradually discovered, too many people in the nonprofit sector lose their spark and succumb to burnout. Always selling hope and trying to convince others to take action can be emotionally draining. Many of the issues that nonprofits deal with on a daily basis have ...
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Is Grace VanderWaal the Next Taylor Swift?
Huffington Post - 3 months
Grace VanderWaal, who won the 11th season of America's Got Talent has been dubbed "the next Taylor Swift" by judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell... and apparently the internet agrees. When googling her, you might be confused when her bio appears alongside a picture of Swift. Everyone from Reese Witherspoon, Ellen, Justin Bieber, David Foster, Jason Mraz, Mario Lopez, to Heidi Klum and Perez Hilton has been tweeting to/about her. Also, Simon Cowell called the 12-year-old singer/songwriter, and I quote, "perfect." That means a lot, especially coming from one of the most notoriously harshest critics. See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2JFo_Q-0NA&app=desktop The next generation of superstars is emerging and coming into stardom in their own way. Modern day platforms like Netflix and Americas Got Talent is bringing geniuses out of the woodwork that the world would have otherwise missed. Instead of a tuned and groomed former Disney star turned pop sensa ...
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Watch Nicole Scherzinger Totally Nail Her Britney Spears Impression
Huffington Post - 3 months
Nicole Scherzinger does one helluva awesome impression of Britney Spears. The former Pussycat Doll channeled the pop queen while judging auditions for the United Kingdom version of “The X Factor,” in footage broadcast Saturday night. She busted out a few bars of Spears’ 2000 smash hit “Oops! ... I Did It Again” — leaving the usually snarky head judge Simon Cowell amazed. Scherzinger then did equally impressive impersonations of Rihanna, Shakira and Kermit the Frog singing Adele’s “Hello.” Check out all the fun in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=57bf65c6e4b02673444f57ef,571e654be4b0f309baee2104,565f270ae4b079b2818cc814 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Simon Cowell says 'America's Got Talent' was made for Northbrook teen
Chicago Times - 4 months
Northbrook teen Laura Bretan closed out Tuesday's episode of "America's Got Talent" with awe-inspiring opera singing that got the show's judges to their feet. "Laura, this is why we made this show, so that we could find people like you. You are such a special, talented person," judge Simon Cowell...
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Harry Styles Is Going Solo, So One Direction Might Be 'History'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Harry Styles has signed a solo recording contract with his One Direction label Columbia Records, sources told Billboard. The news of Styles’ solo career comes less than a year after the band announced an indefinite hiatus.  Styles is the second member to leave the world’s most famous boy band, as former member Zayn Malik left in March 2015 to “be a normal 22-year-old.“ Malik released a solo album, “Mind of Mine,” in March 2016. Rumors of a solo Styles project swirled in late 2015, when the singer registered four songs with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Styles has 40 songs registered on ASCAP, yet they all list One Direction as the performer. However, the four new songs he’d registered — “5378 Miles,” “Already Home,” “Coco” and “Endlessly” — only list Styles as the performer. The 22-year-old also joined Full Stop Management in March 2016, headed by former Creative Artists Agency executive Jeffrey Azoff, who had Styles as a client previously.  T ...
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Simon Cowell left dumbfounded by Eagles' long snapper's 'America's Got Talent' audition
LATimes - 6 months
Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos is a two-time Pro Bowler but hardly a household name. The second part might change this summer. Dorenbos stunned all four judges – including the notoriously cynical Simon Cowell – with his magic tricks during an audition for “America’s Got Talent,”...
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You Have To Hear The Voice That Charmed The Socks Off Heidi Klum
Huffington Post - 6 months
Never mind the next Taylor Swift. This guy is the new Frank Sinatra.  Sal Valentinetti, a 20-year-old pizza delivery man from Long Island, brought the "America's Got Talent" audience to its feet with his soulful rendition of Sinatra's "My Way." “When you want to sing this kind of music, you can’t fake it,” said Simon Cowell. “It’s either in you or it’s not. And you’re an old soul.” Valentinetti, who delivers pizza for his cousin Tommy, a wise-guy character who sat in the wings with Nick Cannon holding cigars, was inspired to sing because of his late grandmother.  "I'm gonna entertain youse like you've never been entertained before," said Valentinetti, before telling the judges he didn't just come to the show to audition, but he "came here to win." Valentinetti also gave his best attempt at wooing judge Heidi Klum, running into the audience to give the supermodel a hug and telling her, "I love the way you look tonight. How you doin'?" Clearly his efforts worked, beca ...
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‘America’s Got Talent’: Welcome aboard, Simon Cowell
Houston Chronicle - 6 months
A mute puppeteer, a clairvoyant duo, and Mel B uses her Golden Buzzer on the first night.
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Simon Cowell on Joining ‘America’s Got Talent’
NYTimes - 6 months
“This 83-year-old woman in a leotard came on and stood on her head and sang the national anthem and I said, ‘You know what, I’m home.’”
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Fifth Harmony's '7/27' is largely a reminder of its strengths
LATimes - 6 months
From its inception four years ago, Fifth Harmony has had to defy the odds.  The pop girl group was pieced together four years ago by reality show magnate Simon Cowell on the short-lived, less successful U.S. edition of “The X Factor” after the members entered the competition as solo hopefuls. And...
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Mom And Son Stun With Poignant Rendition Of A Great Big World's 'Say Something'
Huffington Post - 7 months
A mother and son wowed the "Britain's Got Talent” judges with their sensational rendition of A Great Big World's "Say Something." It was the first time Mel, 44, and Jamie, 15, had ever performed together in public. But that didn't stop the duo from Bridgend, south Wales, from reducing some of the talent show's audience to tears. Watch their performance here: Their audition aired in the United Kingdom on Saturday night and the footage is now going viral. Head judge Simon Cowell said he initially feared Mel, who sings in residential care facilities for the elderly for her living, would "completely dominate" the song. "(But) you were very cool in the way that you let Jamie take the lead," added Cowell, who is more usually known for his snarky put-downs. "You allowed it to be his song, but your harmonies actually improved the song."  The duo now joins 44 other acts for the live semifinals, which begin Sunday. Other contestants include ...
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Trent Harmon Is The 15th And Final 'American Idol'
Huffington Post - 8 months
After 15 seasons, "American Idol"  has come to an end.  But the series finale was nothing short of spectacular as previous winners, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Fantasia Barrino, David Cook, Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks and more, returned to perform one last time on the "Idol" stage. The original judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, also made a memorable appearance alongside host Ryan Seacrest with Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban looking on as they all said farewell. (Former co-host Brian Dunkleman even showed up!)  Most importantly, though, the singing competition show crowned its final winner. Seacrest named Trent Harmon as the 2016 "American Idol," with La'Porsha Renae coming in second place. Third-place finisher Dalton Rapattoni was eliminated during Wednesday night's show. via GIPHY It seemed like the viewers' choice was somewhat surprising for the judges, as Connick Jr. turned to ...
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U. of C. grad studies 'American Idol' rejects after show cuts him
Chicago Times - 10 months
Junhow Wei thought he had a decent shot at stardom when he auditioned for "American Idol" after graduating from the University of Chicago in 2004. He felt confident in his theater background and sang U2's "One" and Maroon 5's "This Love" for the judges. "I remember (former judge) Simon (Cowell)...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Simon Cowell
1959
Born on October 7, 1959.
1983
In the early 1980s, he left EMI to form E&S Music with his former boss at EMI, but quit in 1983.
He then formed Fanfare Records with Iain Burton, initially selling exercise videos, and music from acts such as the Italian orchestra Rondò Veneziano.
1986
He had his first hit song in 1986 with "So Macho" by Sinitta, success also came through Stock Aitken Waterman who produced a number of hits in the 1980s.
1989
However, in 1989, the company went under and Simon Cowell became nearly bankrupt.
Simon Cowell then found a job with BMG as an A&R consultant, and set up S Records under BMG. He restarted his career in the music business by creating novelty records with acts such as the puppets Zig and Zag, Power Rangers, and World Wrestling Federation.
1995
In 1995, through his persistence, he persuaded two actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn in a UK television drama series Soldier Soldier to sign with him and record a song "Unchained Melody" that they had performed in the show.
The recording by the duo, now named Robson & Jerome, quickly reached number 1 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. They would release a further album and 2 more singles before quitting, selling 7 million albums and 5 million singles in total. According to Cowell, they made him his first million. Later acts he signed included Five, Westlife and Teletubbies.
2001
In 2001, Cowell was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol, a show that he and the show creator Simon Fuller successfully pitched to ITV Controller of Entertainment Claudia Rosencrantz.
2002
Cowell's S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop Idol, Will Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have No 1 UK hits, which were the top 2 best-selling singles of 2002, as well as that of top 2 of the decade of 2000s.
He also became a judge on the first season of American Idol in 2002.
With his notoriously critical reputation, Cowell is likened to TV personalities such as Judith Sheindlin, and Anne Robinson of her show. Cowell's prominence grew, fed by his signature phrase, "I don't mean to be rude, but ", inevitably followed by an unsparingly blunt appraisal of the contestant's talents, personality, or even physical appearance. A lot of these one-liners were the product of coaching that Cowell received from noted publicist Max Clifford (who was sacked by Cowell after being convicted of sex offences as of May 2014).
2003
Cowell also appeared on the one-off World Idol programme in 2003, where it became clear that each country's version of the Idol had attempted to come up with its own "Simon Cowell" type personality.
In 2003, Cowell placed No 33 on Channel 4's list of the all-time 100 Worst Britons.
Cowell formed a new company Syco, which is divided into three units - Syco Music, Syco TV and Syco Film. Cowell returned to music with his latest brainchild signed to Syco, the internationally successful operatic pop group Il Divo, consisting of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities. Inspired by the success of Il Divo, Simon created a child version, Angelis, beating competition from similar groups emerging at Christmas 2006. On 11 January 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, even lasting up to 2011 in the longest winning streak in the U.S. overall viewership and demographics in the Nielsen ratings. The 2010 season was Cowell's last on the show. He was replaced by Steven Tyler. It was also announced that FOX had acquired the rights to The X Factor USA, an American version of Cowell's British show, The X Factor, which began in September 2011.
2004
In 2004, with Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, Cowell was a judge on the first series of the British television music competition The X Factor, which he created using his production company, Syco TV.
The X Factor was an instant success with the viewers and enjoyed its tenth series in 2013. Leona Lewis, the winner of the third series of The X Factor, was signed to Cowell's label Syco and has had number one singles and album sales around the world. Cowell returned for a fourth series on 18 August 2007 alongside Osbourne, Walsh and new judge, Dannii Minogue. Walsh had previously been sacked from the judging panel by Cowell for the fourth series, and was subsequently replaced by Brian Friedman, who was a judge on Grease Is the Word. Walsh was later brought back a week into the auditions by Cowell when he and Osbourne realised that they missed Walsh and that without him, there was no chemistry between the judges. Cowell returned for the fifth series in 2008, with Walsh, Minogue and new judge Cheryl Cole, as Osbourne decided to quit before the show began. Cowell returned for series 6 and 7 as well, although series 7 was to be his last, as he left in 2011 in order to launch The X Factor in America. After placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in the UK, boyband One Direction signed to Cowell's label in 2011, and the group have gone on to top singles and album charts worldwide. He was replaced by Gary Barlow.
2006
Cowell is the executive producer of America's Got Talent, which debuted in June 2006, along with Fremantle producers of the Idol series, but he does not appear on the show due to the terms of his contract with Fox. The show was a huge success for NBC, drawing around 12 million viewers a week, and beating So You Think You Can Dance on Fox (produced by rival and Idol creator Simon Fuller). Britain's Got Talent debuted on ITV in June 2007.
Cowell appeared as a judge alongside Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. The show was a ratings success and second and third seasons followed in 2008 and 2009. The third series featured a publicity coup when Susan Boyle made a global media impact with her regional audition performance comparable to that of any previous talent show series winner.
The 2006 winner, Janusz Liberkowski, received $1 million and the opportunity to develop his idea into a business.
The show returned one more time in 2007 for a second season.
In 2006, Cowell executive-produced Celebrity Duets, which was described as "an Idol show for Hollywood superstars."
The show was hosted by Wayne Brady, and its judges were Marie Osmond, Little Richard and David Foster. Cowell was also the executive producer of Grease Is the Word for ITV. This show set out to find performers to play Danny and Sandy in the 2007 West End revival of Grease. It was hosted by Zoë Ball and judged by Britons David Ian and Sinitta and Americans David Gest and Brian Friedman. The musical theatre casting concept had already been introduced by the BBC with the ratings hit How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, but Cowell's show was not the hoped for success. He himself said, "It has been slaughtered by the critics – and rightly so. It is far too similar to our other formats."
2008
Cowell collaborated with UK production company Shed Media to produce 2008 ITV drama series Rock Rivals, which is based on an X Factor type show.
In 2011, Cowell also created his first game show, titled Red or Black? and hosted by Ant & Dec, for ITV. Series 1 was broadcast over seven nights in one week (excluding Tuesday), from 3 to 10 September. The show was recommissioned by ITV for a second series in 2012, which aired weekly. In 2013 Cowell, in partnership with YouTube, launched a video-sharing competition called The You Generation. In 2013, Simon was executive producer for ITV cookery series Food Glorious Food, which was hosted by Carol Vorderman. He will do the same for an upcoming game show called Keep it in the Family, presented by Bradley Walsh.
2009
Cowell has been involved in charity work for many years. He is a patron of Together for Short Lives, the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. He was patron of Children's Hospices UK between 2009 and 2011 before it merged to become Together for Short Lives.
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. He donated money to Manchester Dogs' Home in England after it was hit by a large fire.
2010
In view of his charitable works, particularly the production of the charity single Everybody Hurts in aid of victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, as well as his services to the music industry, there was considerable media speculation as to whether Cowell would receive a knighthood in the Queen's 2010 Birthday Honours, a proposal allegedly put forward by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Cowell stated that he believed his chances of receiving the honour were "zero" following what he described as being a "royal row"; ultimately Cowell did not receive an honour in the list. In November 2003, Cowell appeared on the charity telethon BBC Children in Need where viewers pledged thousands to see him get sawn in half. In December 2003, Cowell published his autobiography titled I Don't Mean to be Rude, but. In it, he told the whole story of his childhood, his years working in music and experiences on Pop Idol, Pop Stars Rivals, and American Idol, and finally, his tips for being successful as a pop star.
In 2010, he was added as a new entry to the latest edition of the UK's Who's Who.
Cowell has appeared as a guest voice in an episode of The Simpsons ("Smart and Smarter"), in which he gets beaten up by Homer Simpson (while criticising Homer's punches). In May 2010, he portrayed himself again in an episode of The Simpsons, "Judge Me Tender".
His voice was heard on an episode of Family Guy ("Lois Kills Stewie"), in which he told Stewie that his singing was so awful that he should be dead. He made an MTV Movie Award-winning cameo appearance as himself in Scary Movie 3, where he sits in judgment during a battle rap (and is subsequently killed by gunfire for criticising the rappers). He appears in the DVD version of Shrek 2 as himself in Far Far Away Idol, and also provided the voice. Cowell was once the fastest "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" on BBC's motoring show Top Gear, driving a Suzuki Liana around the show's test track in a time of 1:47.1. When Top Gear retired the Liana along with its rankings after the eighth series, Cowell was the eighth fastest overall and the third fastest non-professional driver. On 11 November 2007 Cowell yet again appeared on Top Gear, achieving a time of 1:45.9 thus putting him ahead of chef Gordon Ramsay and back at the top of the table. His time of 1:45.9 was then tied with English rock singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC and Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud for the second fastest time, just .1 seconds behind Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay.
New Statesman listed Cowell at number 41 in a list of "50 People who Matter in 2010".
TV Guide named him #10 in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time. In 2012, Cowell featured in the BBC Radio 4 series The New Elizabethans to mark the diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. A panel of seven academics, journalists and historians named Cowell among the group of people in the UK "whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and given the age its character".
Cowell was engaged to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010 until 2011.
2012
Carmen Electra and Cowell were linked as an item in 2012.
2013
In 2013, he allegedly began dating Lauren Silverman.
July 2013, her husband, Andrew Silverman, filed for an at-fault divorce in New York, 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 Lauren Silverman and Cowell were expecting a baby. The child would be Cowell's first, but the second for Silverman, who has a son with Andrew Silverman. When questioned by reporters, Cowell said, "There are a lot of things I will eventually clear up when the time is right, but I really have to be sensitive because there's a lot of people's feelings involved here," while the Silvermans released separate statements expressing concern for the well-being of their son during the divorce process.
In August 2013, the Silvermans settled their divorce out of court, enabling Cowell to avoid being called as a witness in the divorce proceedings.
2014
Cowell subsequently confirmed that Silverman was pregnant with his child, and she gave birth to baby Eric on 14 February 2014.
2015
According to The Sunday Times Rich List of the wealthiest people in the UK, Cowell was worth £325 million in 2015.
Cowell is involved in a number of charitable activities, and is a patron of the UK charity Together for Short Lives for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. Cowell was born in Lambeth, London, and brought up in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His mother, Julie Brett (née Josie Dalglish; 1925-2015), was a ballet dancer and socialite, and his father, Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, Sr. (1918–1999), was an estate agent developer and music industry executive. Cowell's father was from a mostly Jewish family, though he did not discuss his background with his children (Cowell's paternal grandmother had emigrated from Poland). Cowell's mother was from a Christian background, and was of English descent. He has a younger brother, Nicholas Cowell, three half-brothers, John, Tony, and Michael Cowell, and a half-sister, June Cowell. Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and the independent Dover College as did his brother, 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. Cowell took a few menial jobs—including, according to his brother Tony, working as a runner on Stanley Kubrick's The Shining—but did not get along well with colleagues and bosses, until his father, who was an executive at EMI Music Publishing, managed to get him a job in the mail room. However, after failing to get a promotion, he left to try out other jobs before returning to EMI.
In March 2015, it was announced that Cowell would return to the X Factor for its twelfth series along with veteran judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, and newcomers Rita Ora and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
Following the success of the Idol and X Factor franchises, Cowell, his company Syco, and its business partners developed a talent show format open to performers of any kind, not only singers, but also dancers, instrumentalists, magicians, comedians, novelty acts, and so on. The origins of the Got Talent format can be traced to the British show Opportunity Knocks.
In March 2015, Cowell backed Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson after he was suspended by the BBC for punching a colleague, with Cowell stating on Good Morning Britain: "He's apologised.
But I think what is quite obvious is that the public are behind him, but you know, that's Jeremy." He appeared on an episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (the original UK version) and Saturday Night Live in 2004. Cowell has also guest-starred (filling in for Regis Philbin) in the popular talk show Live with Regis and Kelly during American Idols finalist week in early 2006. Cowell introduced entertainer Dick Clark at the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards. He was seen on the British charity telethon Comic Relief, appearing on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice where he donated £25,000 for a fun fair ticket. Cowell has also appeared on the MTV shows Cribs and Punk'd. On Punk'd, Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson set him up to believe his $400,000 Rolls Royce was stolen and had caused an accident by using a nearly identical car.
In 2015, Cowell launched La Banda, his first US show since his stint with X Factor USA.
The show, designed to find male singers to form the "ultimate Latino Boy Band," launched on Univision in the US on 13 September 2015.
Cowell was announced as the replacement for Howard Stern on America's Got Talent on 22 October 2015. On 16 March 2006, American Inventor debuted on ABC.
In the The Sunday Times Rich List of the wealthiest people in the UK, Cowell was worth £325 million in 2015.
His annual salary is estimated at $95 million.
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