The American Idol judge, who helped created the hugely popular singing contest, also fronts U.K. shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, in addition to his role at record company Sony BMG.
Forbes magazine has now ranked him as the highest paid man on television, earning $75 million between June 2008 and June 2009.
Property tycoon Donald Trump was second on the list, earning $50 million from the Apprentice series, while American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is third with $38 million from his various TV and radio ventures.
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