Birth Name: Simon Phillip Cowell
Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England
Date of Birth: 7 October, 1959
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, English, 1/32 Scottish
Simon Cowell is a British television talent judge and mentor, music and television producer, music talent scout/A&R executive, and businessperson. He is known for his work on the series The X Factor and American Idol.
Simon is the son of Julie Brett (born Josie Dalglish), a ballet dancer and socialite, and Eric Cowell (Eric Selig Phillip Cowell), a music industry executive and real estate agent.
Simon’s paternal grandfather was of English and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, and Simon’s paternal grandmother was a Polish Jewish immigrant. Simon’s mother is of English, and at least one sixteenth Scottish, ancestry. It appears that Simon’s father did not disclose his Jewish background to his children, and that Simon did not know of his father’s mostly Jewish heritage until Simon was an adult.
Simon’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Cowell (the son of Joseph Allerton Cowell and Nancy Levy). Simon’s great-grandfather Joseph was of English background, and was the son of Joseph Cowell and Kate Venetia Allerton. Nancy was likely Jewish, and was the daughter of Samuel Levy and Sarah.
Simon’s paternal grandmother was Esther Malinsky (the daughter of Gabriel Malinsky and Annie/Anne or Rachel). Esther was a Polish Jewish immigrant.
Simon’s maternal grandparents were Robert James Dalglish (the son of Robert Watson Dalglish and Sarah Jane Fereday) and Winifred Banks (the daughter of Peter Banks and Edith Eleanor Jupp). Simon’s great-grandfather Robert’s grandfather Robert Dalglish was Scottish. The rest of Simon’s mother’s ancestry is English.
Sources: Genealogy of Simon Cowell (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com
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