Simon Fuller is best known as the creator of the hit entertainment format American Idol, although his interests today include high-value ventures in content production, branded goods and innovative ventures in leisure and technology.
After starting his career as a music manager aged 24, Fuller’s first success came in 1997 when his group The Spice Girls made music history, selling 70 million albums and topping the charts around the world. Five years later he introduced a TV format to America that reinvented how music was presented on the small screen. His creation – American Idol – produced a diverse and engaging new generation of singers and became a worldwide hit by encouraging hundreds of millions of viewers to vote for their favorite star.
Simon Fuller’s business has managed iconic female artists that include Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, The Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse and Carrie Underwood, and has made game-changing career moves for sporting greats that include F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and tennis champion Andy Murray.
Today Simon Fuller is the business partner of sports icon David Beckham and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, owning a diverse portfolio of ventures that include a drinks brand, an MLS football club and two thriving fashion businesses. Fuller also co-owns the luxury fashion label Roland Mouret and is developing new projects including the global pop group Now United, a digital venture with the four original members of Abba, a wildlife drama with pioneering film maker John Downer and an English language production of the breakout Norwegian hit Skam with Facebook.
Simon Fuller has long associations with several charities that include The Princes Trust, Amnesty International, Save The Children, UNICEF and Comic Relief, and is a founding trustee of Malaria No More.