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He also became a judge on the first season of American Idol in 2002.
With his notoriously critical reputation, Cowell has been likened to TV personalities such as Judith Sheindlin, and Anne Robinson of her show.
Cowell returned for series 6 and 7 as well, although series 7 was to be his last, as he left in 2011 in order to launch The X Factor in America.
After placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in the UK, boyband One Direction signed to Cowell's label in 2011, and the group have gone on to top singles and album charts worldwide.
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.
Cowell's S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop Idol, Will Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have No 1 UK hits, which were the top 2 best-selling singles of 2002 and the decade of 2000s.
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 from the UK television drama series Soldier Soldier, to sign with him and record the song "Unchained Melody", which they had performed on the show.
On 11 January 2010, Cowell's exit from American Idol was made official. It was also announced that FOX had acquired the rights to The X Factor USA, an American version that launched in 2011 of British show The X Factor.
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.
Walsh was later brought back a week into the auditions by Cowell when he and Osbourne realised that they missed Walsh and that without him, there was no chemistry between the judges.
Cowell returned for the fifth series in 2008, with Walsh, Minogue, and new judge Cheryl Cole, as Osbourne had decided to quit before the show began.