Yes, today we honor the man we love to hate: Simon Cowell. Let me assure you, this man is more than just sassy judge on American Idol. Today we honor Cowell for founding Syco, a TV, film and music production company. Cowell founded Syco in 2002. It is responsible for producing many of the shows we've come to associate with Cowell, including and The X-Factor, America's Got Talent and Britian's Got Talent. Syco Music has been the production house behind the American Idol winners as well as performers, like Leona Lewis.
Cowell was born in 1959 to a family already involved in entertainment. His father was a music industry executive and his mother was a ballet dancer. But his path was not easy. After leaving Dover College without completing his degree, he (surprisingly) did not get along well with bosses at a series of menial jobs. Finally, Cowell's father got him a job in the mail room at EMI Music Publishing.
After working his way up at EMI, he took a risk and left the company to go to a start up. From 1984 through the early 1990s, Cowell experienced the ups and downs of being in the entertainment business. He dabbled in TV, film and music. In 1989, it all came crashing down, and he was forced to move back home with his parents. Needless to say, Cowell fought his way back to the top. In 2002 he founded Syco, and the rest is history.
Cowell claimed that in 2006 Syco accounted for 40% of its parent company's profit. If that's so, then in 2006, Syco made about 1.7 million pounds. Cowell has created wealth for so many people. From the Syco owners to the Cowell haters, today we honor Simon Cowell for taking his private property and creating great wealth.
Syco on Wikipedia
Simon Cowell on Wikipedia
And now (drum roll please), Simon Cowell at his best:
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