Simon Phillip Cowell (born 7 October 1959 in Lambeth, London, England) is an English reality TV celebrity, music and television producer and talent scout (also known as A&R executive).
He is known in the United Kingdom and United States for his role as a talent judge on TV shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol. He owns the television production and music publishing house Syco.
As a judge, Cowell is known for his blunt and often controversial criticisms, insults and wisecracks about contestants and their abilities. He is also known for combining activities in both the television and music industries, having promoted singles and records for various artists, including television personalities.
He was most recently featured on the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent and the eleventh series of The X Factor. In 2004 and 2010, American magazine Time named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, British magazine 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. Cowell has been romantically linked to various women during his career. He was engaged to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010 until 2011.
In July 2013, 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.
Cowell subsequently confirmed that Silverman was pregnant with his child, and she gave birth to a boy called Eric on 14 February 2014. Cowell was estimated to have a fortune of £200 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2011, making him the sixth richest person in the British music industry. Cowell splits his time between homes in West London and Beverly Hills.
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