Simon Cowell has enjoyed a highly impressive career in the music industry. The businessman has played a key role in a number of talent competitions over the years and catapulted numerous musicians to fame. His production company Syco TV created The X Factor and Syco Entertainment produced Britain’s Got Talent. The latter show is on again tonight on ITV and will see Dave Wardell, a police officer, bringing along his service dog, Finn, in a bid to impress the judges.
So how much money does Simon Cowell have in the bank thanks to his glittering career?
His net worth is $570 million (around £436 million) according to Celebrity Net Worth.
The website also reported that Cowell’s multiple business ventures mean his annual salary may be in excess of $95 million (£72.6 million).
Cowell formed British entertainment company Syco in 2002. It is now divided into three sections: Syco Music, Syco TV, and Syco Film and is owned by Sony.
Cowell first shot to fame he was a judge on the first ever series of Pop Idol in 2001 – a show he and the show creator Simon Fuller had pitched to ITV.
The mogul became well known for his scathing comments and reducing contestants to tears.
An American version of the show – American Idol – debuted in 2002 with Cowell as a judge.
Such stars as Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood became famous thanks to the show.
In 2004, Cowell appeared as a judge on the first series of annual TV music competition The X Factor alongside Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh.
The businessman continued to star on the judging panel, apart from between 2011 and 2013.
Some well-known artists who have appeared on The X Factor and gone on to achieve number-one singles include Olly Murs, Alexandra Burke, Little Mix and One Direction.
Britain’s Got Talent launched in 2007 with Cowell again appearing as a judge.
This week he seemed to tease to his 11.7 million fans on Twitter he was about to launch an arctic edition of the ITV talent show.
However, Cowell posted a clip on Twitter revealing the real reason behind the promotional clip, explaining to his followers about Barclaycard’s Repayment Calculator scheme.
Though, this didn’t stop fans being confused about the post by the music mogul which saw a short clip of polar ice caps surrounded by spotlights before the words ‘Take the stage, Antarctica,’ fell in front of the background.
On Monday, Cowell took to Twitter and posted: “I’m not actually launching a talent show in Antarctica… but I thought the idea for the ad was brilliant. We had fun filming it and the Barclaycard Repayment Calculator really is great. #TakeTheStageAntarctica #Ad.”
Fans of the Got Talent franchise were a little confused about the premises of the show Simon seemed to be promoting