Hollywood star Nicole Kidman has been knocked off the top of Australia's rich list - by children's entertainment troupe THE WIGGLES.

The musical quartet - who have garnered millions of fans around the world with their fun-filled TV shows - earned a massive $34.9 (GBP18.4 million) in 2004 from the sale of CDs, videos and other merchandise.

The Wiggles' phenomenal rise to prominence has forced Moulin Rouge! star Kidman into second place on BRW magazine's list, with a 12 month salary totalling $30.8 million (GBP16.3 million).

Actor Russell Crowe completed the top three with estimated earnings of $20.9 million (GBP11 million).

Veteran rockers AC/DC, fourth, and The Ring actress Naomi Watts, fifth, earned $13.8 million (GBP7.3 million) and $13 million (GBP6.8 million), respectively.

08/04/2005 02:53