Michael Jackson tops the list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities


I loved Michael Jackson’s music and his stellar live performances. Wacko or not, the man known to mess up his own life and never take responsibility for his problems couldn’t manage his money too well when alive. He lived like a king and died in debts; and its no surprise that the King never even made it to the Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 list when alive. However in his afterlife, he has earned more that all of them in the deleb list, second only to Oprah Winfrey this year. MJ took the top honors on the 10th annual ranking of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities with gross earnings of $275 million. The income comes from his Sony/ATV catalog, the hit documentary ‘This Is It’, and the interest that was brought back to his music, videos, his belongings and the person himself after he died.

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Rest of the list follows
2. Elvis Presley (Singer / Actor) $60 million
3. J.R.R. Tolkien (Author) $50 million
4. Charles Schulz (Cartoonist) $33 million
5. John Lennon (Musician) $17 million
6. Stieg Larsson (Writer) $15 million
7. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) (Author) $11 million
8. Albert Einstein (Scientist) $10 million
9. George Steinbrenner (Sports Franchise Owner) $8 million
10. Richard Rodgers (Songwriter) $7 million
11. Jimi Hendrix (Musician) / Steve McQueen (Actor)$6 million
12. Aaron Spelling (TV magnate) $5 million
[Forbes]

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