Music mogul Simon Cowell is British TV's top earner after amassing a massive fortune of $34.2 million (GBP18 million) last year (04).

The 45-year-old's pay has set a record amongst celebrities in Britain, superseding his fellow x factor judge Sharon Osbourne's salary by $20.9 million (GBP7 million).

Frasier actor John Mahoney followed in second with an income of $33.44 million (GBP17.6 million) for his role as MARTIN CRANE in the American sitcom, which ended its 11-year run last year (04).

The Top Ten TV Earners in 2004 are:

1. SIMON COWELL - $34.2 million (GBP18 million) 2. JOHN MAHONEY - $33.4 million (GBP17.6 million) 3. ANNE ROBINSON - $19 million (GBP10 million) 4. JANE LEEVES - $14.9 million (GBP7.85 million) 5. THE OSBOURNES - $13.3 million (GBP7 million) 6. GRAHAM NORTON - $12.92 million (GBP6.8 million) 7. JERRY SPRINGER - $11.4 million (GBP6 million) 8. JAMIE OLIVER - $9.12 million (GBP4.8 million) 9. CHRIS TARRANT - $8.83 million (4.65 million)

10. PETER KAY - $8.55 million (GBP4.5 million).

02/01/2005 21:29