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is an English reality television judge, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.He is most recognized as a judge on the British TV talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor, and Britain's Got Talent, and the American TV talent competition shows American Idol, The X Factor, and America's Got Talent.

He often makes blunt and controversial comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their singing abilities.

He combines activities in both the television and music industries.

Cowell has produced and promoted singles and albums for various singers that he has taken under his wing.

He was most recently featured on the tenth series of Britain's Got Talent and the twelfth series of UK's The X Factor.

In 20, Time named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

He has a younger brother, Nicholas Cowell, three half-brothers, John, Tony, and Michael Cowell, and a half-sister, June Cowell.

Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and the independent Dover College as did his brother, but left after taking GCE O levels.

He passed English Language and Literature, and then attended Windsor Technical College where he gained another GCE in Sociology.—but did not get along well with colleagues and bosses, until his father, who was an executive at EMI Music Publishing, managed to get him a job in the mail room.

However, after failing to get a promotion, he left to try out other jobs before returning to EMI.

In 1995, through his persistence, he persuaded two actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn in a UK television drama series Soldier Soldier to sign with him and record a song "Unchained Melody" that they had performed in the show.

In 2001, Cowell was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol, a show that he and the show creator Simon Fuller successfully pitched to ITV Controller of Entertainment Claudia Rosencrantz.