Music mogul Simon Fuller has been named the most successful UK music manager of all time by Billboard Magazine – beating Led Zeppelin’s manager Peter Grant and The Beatles’ Brian Epstein into second and third place respectively.
Simon Fuller owes much of his recent success to Pop Idol, which spawned more than 100 other versions including American, Canadian and Australian Idol. Add each winning contestants’ sales figures to those artists already on Fullers’ books – The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, S Club 7 etc – and it’s easy to see how he won. Fuller has successfully managed 500 number one singles and 240 number one albums worldwide with 116 million sales in North America alone.
Last year, Time Magazine named Fuller as one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World – like or loath his music, the man, and the figures, demand our respect.
By Tom Porter