No 'Secret': Byrne joins Oz rich list


SYDNEY -- Australian TV producer-turned-self-help guru Rhonda Byrne has made a stunning debut on local business magazine BRW's annual Entertainers Rich List.

Byrne shot onto the list, published Thursday, at No. 11 after sales of her DVD and book "The Secret" netted her AUS$14 million ($12 million) last year.

For the third year in a row, children's entertainers the Wiggles topped the list with AUS$50 million ($43 million) for the year, though their "earnings were flat for the year."

Like many others on the list whose earnings are outside Australia, the Wiggles earnings growth was impacted by a strong Australian dollar that increased in value over the year by 15%% to the U.S. dollar.

Actress Nicole Kidman saw her 2006 earnings grow by AUS$12.7 million to AUS$35 million ($30 million) for the year, to take the second spot on the list, largely off of earnings from features "The Invasion" and "The Golden Compass."

Hugh Jackman became the top-earning Aussie male with AUS$30 million, while singers Kylie Minogue and Keith Urban, who had successful international tours, took AUS$27 million and AUS$26 million respectively, giving them the No. 4 and No. 5 spots.

Other Aussies to top AUS$10 million in earnings for the year included veteran rockers AC/DC, actress Cate Blanchett, kids group Hi 5, "Saw" franchise co-creators James Wan and Leigh Whannel, and actors Russell Crowe and Eric Bana.

Outside of actors and musicians, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" scribe Stuart Beattie upped his earnings to AUS$6.5 million while directors George Miller, Robert Luketic and Baz Luhrmann earned AUS$1.5 million-AUS$3 million each. Grammy award-winners Wolfmother, former Miss Universe presenter Jennifer Hawkins and actors Rose Byrne and Jesse Spencer also debuted on the list this year.