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His mother, Julie Brett, was a former ballet dancer and socialite.
Cowell attended school at Dover College, but dropped out at 16.
Cowell left EMI during the early 1980s to form E&S Music with his boss at EMI, Ellis Rich.
Simon began his career in the music industry back in 1979, when his father, Eric Cowell got him a job at EMI records.
He started off working in the mail room, but worked very hard and spent his time learning how the music industry worked.
Instead of singers aged 18 to 26 the entry criteria for auditions are for singers aged 18 to 24 , 25 plus , and groups .
There's also a ridiculous judge in the shape of Sharon Osbourne .