What You Don't Know About Simon Fuller
Friends and colleagues shed insight into the latest inductee to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His friends describe him as "thoughtful," "strategic," "visionary" and "magnetic." But when pressed, even people who have known Simon Fuller for decades confess that the quiet-spoken enigma is nearly impossible to pin down. "I've worked with him for longer than I care to mention," says one person with whom Fuller has done deals. "But I can't say honestly that I know him." The 51-year-old Briton has proved to be the master puppeteer of our times, confidently reinventing the zeitgeist again and again. Starting his career at Chrysalis Records in the mid-'80s, Fuller discovered musician-composer Paul Hardcastle and formed the management firm 19 Entertainment. Over two roller-coaster decades, he went from building the pop act Spice Girls to launching the television show S Club 7 to creating Pop Idol and So You Think You Can Dance before selling the business to CKx Inc. in 2005 and launching XIX Entertainment. Meanwhile, he has represented clients ranging from fashion designers to race car drivers, and his newest venture is the Latin American music talent competition Q'Viva with Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony (still being shopped). Fuller's estimated worth is a cool $570 million, a moguldom matched only by his very unmogul-like avoidance of the limelight. An inner circle of friends and colleagues has allowed him to perfectly meld the personal and professional -- tweaks for a new show might be ironed out over dinner at his home in the south of France -- and colleagues routinely become part of the family. On the eve of his May 23 star ceremony, his pals offered these toasts to Fuller.
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