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Wiggles beat Minogue in rich list

The Wiggles
The Wiggles formed in 1991

Children's entertainers The Wiggles remain top of Australia's rich list for the fourth year running, beating pop star Kylie Minogue.

The musical foursome, who are seen on TV around the world, made A$45m (20.4m) last year.

Minogue, who celebrated her 40th birthday in May, banked A$40m (18.1m) from the sale of tour tickets and CDs.

In third place was actor Russell Crowe, followed by Hugh Jackman at number four and another children's group, Hi-5.

Wage packet

The list was compiled by business magazine BRW, which releases a top 50 entertainers list every year.

Crowe, best known for starring in films such as Gladiator and American Gangster, made A$36m (16.3m).

Fellow actor Jackman, who is currently filming a movie called Australia along with Nicole Kidman, made A$25m (11.3m).

TOP FIVE RICHEST AUSTRALIANS
Kylie Minogue
1. The Wiggles A$45m
2. Kylie Minogue A$40m
3. Russell Crowe A$36m
4. Hugh Jackman A$25m
5. Hi-5 A$18m
Source: BRW magazine

Hi-5, rivals to The Wiggles, boosted their earnings by A$18m (8.1m) with Cate Blanchett following in sixth place with earnings of A14m (6.3m).

Country singer Keith Urban, who announced the birth of his first child with wife Kidman in July, was at number seven with a wage packet of A$12.3m (5.6m).

Rock band AC/DC, who will begin an 18-month world tour next month, October to promote their next studio album, made A$12m (5.4m).

James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the duo behind the Saw films, made A$8.8m (4m) with actor Anthony LaPaglia, who stars in the US TV series Without a Trace, rounded off the top 10 with earnings of A$8m (3.6m).




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