Birth Name: Simon Cowell
Birth Place: Brighton, England, GB
Born in 1959 in Brighton, England, Cowell realized early in life that he loved making money. Whether it was washing windows or mowing lawns, Cowell could not get enough - nor could he keep it in his pocket. His father, Eric Cowell, a quality surveyor who made his money in property, always told his son to earn his own way. Cowell also learned that he was not much of a student and at age 16, he left school to forge his way in the world, working a series of menial jobs as a waiter and record shop clerk. His first real entry into entertainment came at age 17 as a runner on the set of the adventure series, "Return of the Saint." His father, who had moved on to become an executive at the record la...