He’s known as Mr. Mean thanks to his acerbic wit and his mean-hearted put-downs, but there’s a lot more to TV talent show judge Simon Cowell than dishing out overly harsh criticisms to people who just want to follow their dreams. He’s due to appear as a judge on the next season of America’s Got Talent and has judged many TV talent shows, including American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, US X Factor and UK X Factor, to name a few. Check out these 11 things you didn’t know about Simon Cowell.
Simon is quite the technophobe. He doesn’t know how to use a lot of modern technology and doesn’t like having to keep up with the latest gadgets and gizmos.
2. Charity man
Because he thinks bequeathing cash to people is ridiculous, he plans on leacing his money to charity to help children and animals.
3. Cartoon fan
He loves watching cartoons and one of his favourites is The Flintstones.
4. Record label success
Acts on the Syco Music record label have collectively earned 43 number-one singles around the world.
5. The occasional turkey
Not every TV of his has been a success: Food Glorious Food lasted just one season and was negatively received by the critics and Red or Black only managed two seasons and was deemed boring by many.
6. He’s worth how much?
He’s one of the riches people in the UK, with total wealth of £325 million.
7. Work experience
Because he didn’t get along with others on the set, he quite a job as a runner on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
8. Where it all began
His first TV judging job was on the first season of the British Pop Idol back in 2000.
9. Surprising allergy
He’s allergic to lamb’s wool.
10. TV star
Besides being a talent shows judge, Simon’s made appearances on various other shows and has even popped up in the occasional film. His credits include The Simpsons, Scary Movie 3, the DVD version of Shrek 2, Cribs, Punk’d and the British version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
11. Not a fan of education
He was quite the miscreant during his school years and reportedly attended 16 different schools.