Originally created 04/15/04

Report: Nicole Kidman is Australia's richest entertainer



SYDNEY, Australia -- Oscar winner Nicole Kidman more than doubled her annual income in 2003, making her Australia's richest entertainer, a magazine reported Wednesday.

In its annual survey of the top 50 entertainers, Business Review Weekly said Kidman earned an estimated $18.6 million last year, catapulting her from eighth place to the top of the list.

Kidman, 36, won a best-actress Oscar in 2003 for her role in "The Hours." Her films include "Cold Mountain," "Dogville," "Moulin Rouge," "Eyes Wide Shut" and the upcoming "The Stepford Wives."

Her income in 2002 was reported at $8.63 million.

Kidman was closely followed by singer John Farnham, whose national tour last year - 96 concerts attended by 460,000 people - earned him $17.8 million.

In third place were rockers AC/DC, earning $14.9 million.

Children's entertainment group The Wiggles made $10.5 million, followed by film director Peter Weir with $7.4 million.