Simon Cowell

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Simon Cowell was born on October 7, 1959 in Brighton, England. He worked in the mail-room at EMI music publishing but, went on to become an A&R representative and eventually, a record producer. He was a record producer, consultant and talent scout within the music industry before producing the mega hit British television show Pop Idol and its counterpart in U.S., American Idol. He began judging The X Factor since 2011. He is also widely known as a talent judge on the show Britain’s Got Talent. Cowell made to the American magazine Time’s list of 100 most influential people in the world, in the year 2004 and 2010. He is the owner of the production company Syco. Cowell published his autobiography, in December 2003, titled “I Don’t Mean to be Rude, but….” Cowell has been doing charity work for years and he also actively supports animal rights. In February 2010, Cowell was engaged to makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, but they separated in 2012. In April 2012, he admitted to an affair with Dannii Minogue, a fellow X Factor judge. Simon Cowell is known for wearing Geo F. Trumper Extract of Limes cologne.