Simon Cowell was born on October 7, 1959, in London, England. In 2011 Cowell helped import his hit British series The X Factor to America. Cowell has served as the executive producer of ‘AGT’ since its inception in 2006. He started judging The X Factor in 2011 and signed on to judge America’s Got Talent in 2015. Simon Phillip Cowell Biography and Profile.