TV Judge: Simon Cowell was signed up as a judge on the first series of Pop Idol, in 2001.The next year, he was also signed up to judge American Idol.
In 2002, he set up Syco Records, which is home to artists such as Il Divo and Leona Lewis.
Early Career: Simon Cowell utilized his father's influence to work his way up in the music industry, eventually forming E&S Music with Ellis Rich, boss of EMI. Cowell went on to work with Fanfare Records, who released Sinitta's debut single 'So Macho', which sold over half a million copies, as did her album Rondo Veneziano.
Fanfare also forged a lucrative relationship with Stock Aitken and Waterman, the legendary pop producers of the 1980s.
The show aimed to find the next actors to play Sandy and Denny in the West End production of Grease.
Other Ventures: Cowell's autobiography, I Don't Mean To Be Rude, But. Simon's voice has been used in a number of cartoons, including The Simpsons, Family Guy and Shrek 2.