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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
Kidman tops Australia rich list
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman commands an estimated A$15m (6.2m) per film
Actress Nicole Kidman more than doubled her annual income last year to become Australia's richest entertainer, a Business Review Weekly survey said.

She earned an estimated A$25m (10.3m) in 2003 - the year in which she won the best actress Oscar for The Hours.

A year ago, Kidman ranked eighth in the entertainment rich list, having earned A$11.6m (4.8m) in 2002.

Russell Crowe, who was born in New Zealand but lived in Australia since a child, ranked fourth with $20m (8.3m).

1. Nicole Kidman
Actress, A$25m
2. John Farnham
Singer, A$24m
3. AC/DC
Rock band, A$20m
4. Russell Crowe
Actor, A$20m
5. The Wiggles Children's entertainers, A$14.2m
Source: Business Review Weekly
The magazine reported: "Australian entertainers are at the top of their game. Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe are arguably the world's most prominent actors."

It attributes Kidman's financial boost to the success of her films The Hours, The Human Stain and Cold Mountain, and the fact that she commands an estimated A$15m (6.2m) per film.

Last year, she also signed a contract with Chanel perfume for a reported A$12m (5m) and received A$5m (2m) to star in an advertising campaign directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Although she was born in Hawaii, US, she moved to Sydney when she was three and has an Australian passport.

Abba tribute band Bjorn Again were seventh with A$8.6m (3.6m) while Neighbours star and singer Delta Goodrem earned A$6.8m (2.8m), beating fellow pop star Kylie Minogue's A$6m (2.5m).


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