The New York Post reports this morning that Simon Cowell, who is in the midst of renegotiating his American Idol contract beyond the 2010 season, has been offered between $100 million and $144 million per year.
The figures come from London newspaper, The Guardian:
A source close to Fuller says that Cowell has already been offered three to four times the $36m he was paid for American Idol in 2008 – but then, he is the most important person on the show and the series makes $900m a year and attracts audiences of 25 million.
Those figures sound reasonable to me. I could see Fuller offering to make Simon and his production company Syco, a partner in the show.