Which dead celebrity earns the most?

October 26, 2013

celebrity, lifestyle

Just in time for Halloween figures have been released to see who is making the most money from beyond the grave. Over the last year Michael Jackson’s estate brought in $275 million. This whopping figure is enough to put him in the top of the Forbe’s annual rich list for dead celebrities. Michael Jackson is so far up the top of the list that his total earnings actually add up to more than the following 12 stars combined. To put this into context Michael Jackson has earned more than Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Madonna and Beyonce combined!

According to sources much of the money that has already been made since his death 16 months ago has gone towards the $500 million debts that Michael Jackson managed to run up prior to his death.  It may well not stop there though as on top of that the estate recently signed a deal with Sony Music which will release previously unreleased songs in a deal which is thought to bring in a massive $200 – $250 million.

Other rich dead stars include of course Elvis Presley who died in 1977 hit the 2nd spot with $60 million. JRR Tolkien ranks in at third place with $50 million with the sales of Lord of the Rings books, films, merchandise and the new hobbit film should keep him up near the top of the list. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz is number 4 with $33 million and in 5th place is John Lennon. Surprisingly James Dean and Marilyn Monroe didn’t make it onto the list.


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