Nicole Kidman is to become the highest paid public speaker in history after negotiating a staggering $435,000 (GBP250,000) for a 25 minute corporate speech - and she might not even turn up.

The Antipodean beauty has been commissioned to address a bevy of high-powered businessmen at the 5th Annual Forbes Global CEO Conference at Sydney Opera House, Australia.

However, despite her astonishing pay request being met, she is toying with the idea of simply delivering her talk by satellite.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "You'd think for GBP10,000 a minute she'd at least be there. But she's such a big name organisers want her to speak no matter what.

"This deal will make her the highest paid public speaker of all time.

"Business execs are paying GBP2,500 each to be there and they expect big names: former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Aussie Prime Minister JOHN HOWARD will also speak.

"Nicole will talk about following dreams and aspirations from the perspective of being an actress and a mother."

10/07/2005 10:48