Highest Earning Dead Celebrities Revealed!

October 26, 2010 By:
Highest Earning Dead Celebrities Revealed!

Michael Jackson might have passed away, but clearly his legacy still lives on.

Michael, who died in June 2009 was named the highest earning dead celebrity by Forbes. He made a whopping $275 million since his death.

Michael beat out Elvis Presley, who has been at the top of the list for years.

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Forbes said: “Jackson’s posthumous earnings have been bolstered by shrewd negotiations by his estate, including a merchandising deal and the rights to his name and likeness for the Sony film ‘This Is It’, which grossed over a quarter of a billion dollars.”

This list is sort of depressing. These people make more money dead then most people will make alive.

Full list of Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrities:

1. Michael Jackson - $275 million

2. Elvis Presley - $60 million

3. J. R. R. Tolkein - $50 million

4. Charles Schulz - $33 million

5. John Lennon - $17 million

6. Stieg Larsson - $15 million

7. Dr. Seuss - $11 million

8. Albert Einstein - $10 million

9. George Steinbrenner - $8 million

10. Richard Rogers - $7 million

11. Jimi Hendrix and Steve McQueen - $6 million each

12. Aaron Spelling - $5 million