E x E c u t i v E   l i f E s t y l Ewww.execdigital.com                                     February 2011Battle of theSup...
SIMONCOWELL:WORLD’S MOST HATED,BEST-LOVED TELEVISIONTALENT CyNICBy laurieBarratti
celebrity execs
celebrity execs                                      simon                        VER THE pAST DECADE, SIMON              ...
n cowell                                 page 15 N COWELL has risen to                 “ALTHOuGHt and most recognizable   ...
celebrity execs                               simonGALS:We can only assume that it’s simon’strademarked traits —money, van...
n cowell                            page 17           beautiful women, many of whom           are ex-girlfriends. to anyon...
celebrity execs                                    simonTOYS:At age 51, the multi-millionaire can clearly affordthe finer ...
n cowell                                          page 19  the BBC’s popular ‘Top Gear’ television program, Simon  waxed l...
celebrity execs                                   simona Ferrari F430 Spyder, capable of doing 193 mph andreaching zero-to...
n cowell                                         page 21  an indoor lap pool with adjoining solarium. The property  also b...
celebrity execs                                   simonperfectly bronzed appearance.   Cowell’s primary residence in the U...
n cowell                                       page 23                   of Palm Jumeirah.                      On the Car...
celebrity execs                                 simon NOW: At 51, Simon Cowell boasts a personal net worth of approximatel...
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  1. 1. E x E c u t i v E l i f E s t y l Ewww.execdigital.com February 2011Battle of theSupercars:Ferrari vs 10 FavouriteLamborghini Funny videoSthe cricketWorld cup The besT golfThe most coursesfun Gaming in The cenTralSystems coasTto play the moStthe best romantiCaccessories valentine’Sto dress up dateS everyour suit Simon Cowell The Mean Brit and the empire he’s built
  2. 2. SIMONCOWELL:WORLD’S MOST HATED,BEST-LOVED TELEVISIONTALENT CyNICBy laurieBarratti
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  4. 4. celebrity execs simon VER THE pAST DECADE, SIMON become one of the worlds wealthiest reality-television personalities. Musi magnate, he has become a staple o and an unstoppable force in the en the unparalleled success of his Am talent-search competitions inspired tv-show franchise ‘x factor’ and ‘Go being screened in 44 countries around tbusinessman, simon is also the owner of syco, the television ppublishing house that produces albums of the various recordinhas discovered. While his quick-witted criticism means he’s often caustic towaspiring performers, it also means that his rare praise carriesenough weight to jump-start a contestant’s entire career. Althooccasionally cruel, unusually critical and always candid, whenworld’s best-known television talent judge talks, people listen. love him or hate him — or even a bit of both — there’sno denying that simon cowell is one of today’s sharpestobservers (or, could it be, creators?) of media trends andpotential pop-cultural sensations.visit us online at www.execdigital.com
  5. 5. n cowell page 15 N COWELL has risen to “ALTHOuGHt and most recognizable OCCASIONALLysic mogul turned media CRuEL, uSuALLyof international pop culture CRITICAL ANDntertainment arena. ALWAyS CANDID,merican and British reality WHEN THE WORLD’S a huge global outreach; his BEST-KNOWNot talent’ are now TELEVISION the world. As a TALENTproduction and music JuDGE TALKS,ng artists he PEOPLE LISTEN.”wardsoughn the FEBRUARY 2011
  6. 6. celebrity execs simonGALS:We can only assume that it’s simon’strademarked traits —money, vanity, cars,a trusty collection of skinny jeans and tightblack t-shirts — that encourage the femaleentourage to endlessly surround him. simon, a lifelong confirmed bachelor,might arguably have become Britain’s mosteligible millionaire since the engagementof Prince William. But, he seems tothink he has finally found “the one” inAmerican idol makeup artist MezhganHussainy. After meeting simon on theset and dating him for about a year, the37-year-old Afghan-born beauty received amassive, flawless diamond ring in february2010. Weighing in at approximately sixcarats, the brilliant-cut, bauble is estimatedto be worth around $750,000. still, since their engagement, he hascontinued to surround himself withvisit us online at www.execdigital.com
  7. 7. n cowell page 17 beautiful women, many of whom are ex-girlfriends. to anyone else this might come as a shock, but it seems that Mezhgan long ago accepted that simon will always have a harem of women around him. His long time, on-again-off- again ex sinitta (an 80’s pop singer and actress), has referred to simon as “a horrible cheat” who seemed to be waving and smiling devilishly when he would send her off on extended gigs. Nonetheless, the two famously remain good friends (though each accuses the other of breaking their heart), with simon acting as godfather to sinatta and her ex-husband’s two adopted children. FEBRUARY 2011
  8. 8. celebrity execs simonTOYS:At age 51, the multi-millionaire can clearly affordthe finer things in life, and is certainly not shy aboutsplashing around the cash. Chief among his prizedpossessions is the fleet of luxury cars housed in this hot-shot’s high-end garage. At a cost of more than $400,000 apiece, Simonsplurged on not one, but three Rolls Royce PhantomDropheads. He bought one for his time spent in L.A.,a second for his home in London, and the final (in theform of a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe) just forfun. True, there aren’t many other British carmakers thatare quite as prestigious as Rolls Royce when it comes toclassic construction, comfort and style, but the eighteen-foot-long and six-foot-wideCoupe is no slouch either.With V12 under thebonnet, the Rollerboasts a top speed of149mph. In an interview forvisit us online at www.execdigital.com
  9. 9. n cowell page 19 the BBC’s popular ‘Top Gear’ television program, Simon waxed lyrical about his Rolls: “It’s the most beautiful, most comfortable, best-engineered car ever built. I can hardly bring myself to say it but it’s - oh, sod it! - perfect. During his appearance on the show, he also blitzed the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ track in 1:47.1 — the eighth fastest time overall for the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment, and the third fastest for a non-professional driver in series eight. So, Simon’s has become well-known. Given Simon’s love of speed machines, it’s no surprise that the crowning jewel in his superb supercar collection is a $1.2-million (£750,000) Bugatti Veyron — the fastest roadworthy/street-legal car in the world, and also the most expensive. With an excess of 1000 horsepower, the Veyron (built by Volkswagen) reaches a top speed of 253.81 mph (408.47 km/h). Cowell can count himself among a very exclusive crowd, as only a limited number have been manufactured. The music mogul’s other motor-toys include a black Bentley convertible and FEBRUARY 2011
  10. 10. celebrity execs simona Ferrari F430 Spyder, capable of doing 193 mph andreaching zero-to-sixty mph in just 4.1 seconds. He is alsorumoured to have recently purchased a £65,000 JaguarXK convertible for fiancée Mezghan Hussainy.DIGS:Cowell’s $22-million modernBeverly Hills mansion, which he hascalled his “dream home”, includesneighbours Tom Cruise, Madonna,the Osbournes, and Victoriaand David Beckham. In 2009, Simontold the London Daily Mail, “I’vebeen involved in every aspect ofthe design of the new place, rightdown to the doorknobs. I have otherhouses, but this is my dream home.” The five-bedroom, six-bathroommansion features a state-of-the-artgym in the basement, a luxury spa(complete with wet steam room) andvisit us online at www.execdigital.com
  11. 11. n cowell page 21 an indoor lap pool with adjoining solarium. The property also boasts separate staff quarters, containing a servants’ kitchen, to house his live-in butler and maid. A custom-made, hi-tech media center was built to include a private cinema room featuring a marble bar area and plush leather seating for 20. The outdoor pool cabana has a retractable roof, wet bar and changing rooms, while a putting green sits at the rear of the property, just for sport. As a further testament to his self-professed vanity (and on top of the investment sunk regularly into his beloved Botox), Simon had a private tanning salon installed — a solarium off the master bedroom, complete with one full-length tanning machine and a smaller “booster” facial tanner — in order to effortlessly maintain that FEBRUARY 2011
  12. 12. celebrity execs simonperfectly bronzed appearance. Cowell’s primary residence in the U.K. is an $11-millionhouse, located in London’s upscale Holland Parkneighbourhood. He also owns another villa in Spain, anda $1.5-million investment property in Dubai, on the islandvisit us online at www.execdigital.com
  13. 13. n cowell page 23 of Palm Jumeirah. On the Caribbean island of Barbados, construction is currently underway on Cowell’s new 13,000-square-foot vacation villa, situated directly on the sands in Paradise Beach bay and valued at £22 million (around $35 million). The prestigious Paradise Beach development is a luxurious high-end rival to the famous Sandy Lane resort, where Four Seasons is building a hotel beside the resort that will provide 24-hour service to residents for an annual charge of £18,000 (say, $28,000). There, his future neighbours include Lord Andrew Lloyd- Webber, ‘Formula 1’ team-boss Eddie Jordan and the head of Universal Music, Lucian Grainge. Also on the island, Simon keeps a £35-million super- yacht, where he spent this past New Year’s Eve bobbing about on the Caribbean seas with his fiancée and (naturally) his ex-girlfriend, Sinitta. FEBRUARY 2011
  14. 14. celebrity execs simon NOW: At 51, Simon Cowell boasts a personal net worth of approximately $200 million, securing him a Top 10 ranking on The Telegraph’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in British Culture, and a Top 30 spot as one of the Forbes Top 100 Celebrities. In 2010, he won the special honorary Founders Award at the 38th International Emmy Awards in New York for his “enormous cultural contributions” to television. Fittingly, the golden statuette was handed to him by Rupert Murdoch, creator of Fox TV and News Corporation CEO. Now, as he prepares to bring The X Factor to America in fall 2011, acting as both the show’s executive producer and top-line judge, Simon Cowell is again perfectly poised to hit TV audiences with the latest wave of his massive pop-cultural influence.visit us online at www.execdigital.com
  15. 15. n cowell page 25 FEBRUARY 2011

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