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SIMON COWELL
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SIMON COWELL
As a brutally frank judge on the US version of hit British talent show Pop Idol, Simon Cowell has become one of the best-known faces on the American small screen - and the Fox network's highest-paid star. His acerbic comments and withering put-downs have become national catchphrases stateside, and by the end of the show's first series 50 million viewers were tuning in to catch the latest judgements from Mr Nasty.

Love him or hate him, there's no denying Simon has made an indelible mark on US television. And as his profile has risen, so has his paycheque. The no-holds-barred presenter now makes 60 million a year from his TV career and pop acts. And there's more in store. His latest creation, America's Got Talent, which stars former Mirror editor Piers Morgan as the token hard-hitting British judge, follows the same winning formula which has proved such as hit with American audiences.

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