How Did Simon Cowell Become Famous?

By Tiara Ogabang

Simon Cowell is one of the most famous and influential people in the entertainment industry today.

He started as a judge on "Pop Idol," a television show based on the original format of "Popstars" and produced by Simon Fuller. Simon was so popular that he has a lot of people compared to him.

Simon is known as a judge on several popular reality television shows such as American Idol (Fox), X-Factor (Syco), Britain's Got Talent (Syco), and BGT (Syco), which is a top-rated talent show in the UK. He has also been featured on many other television shows, including Celebrity Masterchef, Red or Black, and Dancing on Ice.

Below are some of Simon's career achievements.

Personal background

Personal background

Simon has been married twice and is currently separated from his third wife and children's mother.

Simon has three daughters, Leanne, Natasha, and Isabella, and one son, Eric. They were born from his first wife, Astoria Christina Estrada, in 1980 and 1994, respectively.

He also has an adopted son called Aaron Keys, who he had with his second wife, Lauren Silverman. The couple was married for nine years before they separated.

Before the divorce, Simon and Lauren dated for eight years before proposing to her in 2007. They married in 2009, and the wedding was well-attended by the world's entertainment industry.

The couple announced their divorce in February 2016.

Simon's divorce cost him in a report of $15 million, and he spent almost $9 million on his attorneys during the lawsuit. He has also been making $28 million per year.

He also spends money a lot on buying an expensive property in both London and the United States. In 2012, Simon bought a £4 million flat in Chelsea.

Net worth

According to Forbes' estimates, Simon is worth about $360 million. His net worth increased by a huge margin after he joined NBCUniversal.

He is the richest judge of television talent shows, in which he has participated.

He also earned $70 million through his other businesses such as music publishing, production, management, event, and artist representation.

How he became famous

How he became famous

Simon Cowell became famous when America’s Got Talent hit the small screen in 2006. He was already a famous producer, but then along came the show that changed his life.

“I always wanted to have a show, and this is the one, so I put it together, and it worked,” he told The Sun. “I took the other formats from America, thought ‘what if I make a show that’s modern and hits these playing cards out and it was a huge success.”

Simon has been the judge on every season of America’s Got Talent ever since. He became so famous that Hollywood made a movie about him.

“When I was in America filming America’s Got Talent in June of 2007, I flew over to London to shoot a cameo appearance for Mr. Bean. And I got really drunk, and I thought I was going to get the biggest part.

And then I came back to the set, and they said, ‘You’re not allowed to do it,’” he said.

Later, Mr. Bean's movie came out, and Simon almost got caught in its net.

“The company, Stephen Joseph, was going to sue Paramount Pictures, and I thought, ‘Oh no, I’m going to get sued.'”

Simon didn’t have to worry, though, because the copyright company was fooled by a man lying to them, so Simon was safe.

“I was a little bit angry and embarrassed about it. The guy came in, and I thought he was talking to someone else, and he said, ‘I’m actually from Paramount. Can you do a movie role?’ And I said, ‘No, I can’t, I don’t have a track record.'”

Simon had to turn down the role in Mr. Bean, so he worked on the 2008 and 2012 American Idol (which was his first and only American Idol experience).

“It was like being at the top of the tree and someone taking a sledgehammer and taking it off you.”

Despite turning down the part, Simon was very successful on American Idol and became famous on a whole new level. He hosted the show for many years, and then as the show went on, he became better known as a judge.

Why is Simon still in the spotlight?

Why is Simon still in the spotlight

Simon, who is 47, says no one else likes him in the music business. He explains that he never went to school and started by playing in bars and restaurants in London.

“I am definitely a musical expert, and I know a bit about every band that you and I listen to, so I can be brutally honest. My job is to be very blunt.”

Simon says that when he judges a singing competition, he can’t use his choice of words because he doesn’t have the experience of being in the studio with the artists.

“My lips have got to be sealed,” he explains. “I have got to be on my game. The worst part of it all is that you’re going into a room with four guys who are at the top of their game. They’re all proud, all intelligent, and they’re going to kill it. The stakes are so high, and you don’t want to fail them.”

The worst part of judging a singing competition, according to Simon Cowell, is that if he doesn’t get it right, he loses his job.

“The day you let me go is the day I die. You are probably the only man on the face of the planet who can do a job that can end up with you ending up losing your job.”

As a judge on America’s Got Talent, Simon has some superstars to work with. He has worked with everybody from the Bee Gees to Metallica.