The X Factor is finally back and we could not be happier.
With the return of the ITV show comes the return of one of television’s most iconic personalities, Simon Cowell.
Simon may have become synonymous with success over the years but just how much is his net worth?
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What is Simon Cowell’s Worth?
Simon’s net worth is estimated to be around £325 million.
To put that into context, you could buy an entire Premier League football club for that type of money, with Newcastle United subject to a £300 million takeover bid last year.
How Did Simon Cowell Get Rich?
Simon has always been in the music business. He created E&S Music in the early 1980’s but quit in ’83, after which he formed Fanfare Records with Iain Burton.
That’s where he signed Sinitta and had moderate success until the company went under and Simon was almost bankrupted.
He then became a consultant for BMG and set up S Records. There, he made his business by creating novelty records with acts such as Zig and Zag, Power Rangers and the World Wrestling Federation.
From them on, Simon found a knack for finding success over and over.
What Was Simon’s Breakthrough?
His first breakthrough came with the hit Sinitta song So Macho, which was released in 1986. However, his second and bigger breakthrough came in 1995.
Simon persuaded Soldier Soldier stars Robson Green and Jerome Flynn (AKA Bronn in Game of Thrones) to sign for him and release their version of Unchained Melody.
This was a ridiculous success, with the song remaining number one for seven weeks straight.
Who is Simon Cowell’s Most Successful Artist?
Simon has had a plethora of successful acts, from Westlife to Leona Lewis and Little Mix.
Susan Boyle is another famous artist who has gone on to achieve incredible success. Boyle appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and finished second on the show, behind dance group Diversity. Boyle has gone on to sell over 19 million albums worldwide.
Who Has Simon Cowell Signed?
However, there is one act that is obviously Simon Cowell’s biggest success story – One Direction.
The boy-band finished third on X Factor in 2010 and have become one of the most famous bands in the history of boy-bands. They’ve sold over 50 million albums worldwide and have been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for too many reasons to list.
Is Simon the Richest Judge on X-Factor?
Simon Cowell is the richest judge on X Factor – by a long shot, too.
In second place is Robbie Williams, with a net worth of £149 million.
And in third place, with a third of the net worth of Robbie, is Louis Tomlinson, who is valued at around £53.9 million.
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