1. As a judge, Cowell often makes blunt and controversial comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their abilities.
2. Cowell has produced and promoted singles and albums for various artists, including television personalities.
3. In 2004 and 2010, Time named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
4. Cowell is involved in a number of charitable activities, and is a patron of the UK charity Together for Short Lives for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
5. Cowell was born in Lambeth, London and brought up in Elstree, Hertfordshire.
6. Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and the independent Dover College as did his brother, but left after taking GCE O levels.
7. He passed English Language and Literature, and then attended Windsor Technical College where he gained another GCE in Sociology.—but did not get along well with colleagues and bosses, until his father, who was an executive at EMI Music Publishing, managed to get him a job in the mail room.
8. However, after failing to get a promotion, he left to try out other jobs before returning to EMI.
9. Cowell formed a new company Syco, consisting of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities.
10. Inspired by the success of Il Divo, Simon created a child version, Angelis, beating competition from similar groups emerging at Christmas 2006.
11. By the time Cowell left American Idol, the show was on its seventh consecutive season in its leadership among all primetime programs in the United States, even lasting up to 2011 in the longest winning streak in the U.S. overall viewership and demographics in the Nielsen ratings.