Michael Jackson Highest Earning Dead Celebrity

October 26, 2011 By:
Michael Jackson Highest Earning Dead Celebrity

Even death can’t keep some celebrities down. Three years after his shocking death, Michael Jackson is still raking in millions.

If there’s one thing Forbes loves, it’s putting together lists about money. And now, Forbes has compiled their second annual list of Top Earning Dead Celebrities, and MJ tops it by leaps and bounds. Jackson’s estate brought in $170 million between October 2010 and October 2011 from music sales and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog.

Elvis Presley came in second, making $55 million from the grave. That’s like, three times less than Jackson, though. And even more ridiculous is that last year, Jackson raked in $275 million. So even though his income fell over $100 million this year, he still beats out the runner up by three times. My brain hurts.

Marilyn Monroe came in third, with her estate making $27 million. Charles Schulz, the Charlie Brown dude, made $25 million while John Lennon and Elizabeth Taylor raked in $12 million.

All of the people on this list make more in one year dead than I ever will alive. Hell, I’ll probably end up having to filing bankruptcy when I’m dead. Albert Einstein, Jimi Hendrix, Bettie Page and Andy Warhol also made the list.

Michael Jackson’s estate will also rake in half the profits from the Cirque du Soleil theatrical production of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. It started earlier this month. Oh good, I was worried he wasn't going to make another hundred million.

This is Elizabeth Taylor’s first time on the list, as she passed away in March. And she’s sure to make more when her jewelry, artwork and dresses are auctioned off in December.

Something tells me Jackson would be happy with his name at the top of this list. It was recently revealed that the singer agreed to do 50 comeback shows in London before his death. But he agreed under two conditions: that the final show be recognized by the Guinness Book of Records and that he get a big estate in London for his children to stay in.

"What he wanted was, we need to find an estate for him that I could lease outside of London and he was very specific, he wanted 16-plus acres, running streams, horses," said AEG Live boss Randy Phillips.

"Basically what he explained to me was, he didn't want to be trapped in a hotel suite, no matter how beautiful, in the heart of London and not be able to leave, and have the kids and be cloistered.”