Simon Cowell. biography
Simon Phillip Cowell was born on October 7, 1959 in Brighton, England to Eric Philip Cowell, a music industry executive, and Julie Brett, a socialite. After dropping out of school at the age of 16, Simon was able to secure a job at EMI Music Publishing, his father's company, as a mailroom clerk. Utilizing his natural instinct to move up in the world, Simon managed to obtain a position as an assistant for an EMI executive and later as a talent scout in 1979. As soon as the possibility of advancement was off the table, Simon left the company and created E&S Music with his boss at EMI, Ellis Rich.
Although he helped the company produce multiple hit records, Simon left in the early 1980s and formed the independent label Fanfare Records (1985), which ultimately shut down in 1989, crushing Simon's financial state and forcing him to move in with his parents. Despite the drawback, Simon persevered and became a consultant for BMG Records in that same year. He worked up the corporate ladder, once again, and landed many successful musicians in which provided the company with over 150 million records sold and 70 highly charted singles in the U.S. and U.K.
Simon's big break came in 2001, when he joined forces with Simon Fuller to create a reality-competition show that gives the audience the power to chose Britain's next big musical sensation. Pop Idol debuted later that year with Simon as a judge and became an immediate success when more than 10,000 aspiring musicians showed up for an audition.
In 2002, American Idol premiered with Simon at the head of the judging table alongside producer Randy Jackson and pop singer Paula Abdul. The show was an even bigger hit in the States and continues to generate commercially successful artists, including Kelly Clarkson (2002), Clay Aiken (2003), Fantasia Barrino (2004), Jennifer Hudson (2004), Carrie Underwood (2005), Taylor Hicks (2006), Jordin Sparks (2007), David Cook (2008), David Archuleta (2008), Adam Lambert (2009), Scotty McCreery (2011), Haley Reinhart (2011), and most recently Phillip Phillips (2012).
Ensuing the show's immediate success in 2002, Simon formed the company SYCOtv, which later developed the hit shows American Inventor, America's Got Talent and Britain's The X-Factor. In 2011, Simon left American Idol to smoothly transition The X-Factor to the U.S. with the help of recording executive L.A. Reid, Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and former A.I. judge Paula Abdul. Season two of The X-Factor premiered in September 2012 to similar success and featured a new line of judges, including pop-princess Britney Spears and singer Demi Lovato.
Dating History Timeline – Simon's Fiance, Ex-Girlfriends
1985 - 2002
Simon first met Sinitta when he signed her to his record label in 1985. They quickly turned into a powerhouse couple, which transitioned into an engagement. The two had an on-again, off-again relationship for several years until they finally parted ways. They remained good friends and later worked together on Britain's The X-Factor.
2002 - 2008
Simon and Terri Seymour started off their relationship as good friends before shifting into a full-time romance. They made it work for a couple of years, but reportedly broke up on behalf of Seymour's desire to have children and Simon's alleged affair. They ended the relationship as they started it, as friends.
Simon was rumored to be cheating on his then-girlfriend Terri Seymour with model Jasmine Lennard for over six months. Although the rumor never died down, the two never commented and Simon remained with Seymour.
2009 - Present
Simon and Mezhgan Hussainy began dating quietly in 2009, flying under the press' radar. The world was caught off guard in 2010, when Mezhgan told the press that the two were engaged.