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Michael Jackson Is Highest-Earning Dead Celebrity, According to Forbes

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Michael Jackson is still making a lot of money, 5 years since he passed away at 50 years old. The "Thriller" hitmaker tops Forbes' list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities of 2014 with $140 million in earnings over the last 12 months, thanks to his second posthumous album "Xscape" which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 200 chart in May this year.
Elvis Presley, with an estimated $55 million in earnings, lands at No. 2 on the list. The King of Rock and Roll earns from Graceland admissions, licensing and merchandizing and a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show.
Cartoonist Charles Schulz who created the popular comic strip "Peanuts", brought in $40 million over the last year. Elizabeth Taylor follows next at No. 4 with $25 million from her perfume sales, and reggae singer Bob Marley trails behind with $20 million.

Also making into the list are Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Steve McQueen and James Dean among other famous figures. The 13 late celebrities who rank on the list brought in a total of $363.5 million over the last 12 months.

  1. Michael Jackson - $140 million
  2. Elvis Presley - $55 million
  3. Charles Schulz - $40 million
  4. Elizabeth Taylor - $25 million
  5. Bob Marley - $20 million
  6. Marilyn Monroe - $17 million
  7. John Lennon - $12 million
  8. Albert Einstein - $11 million
  9. Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Bettie Page (tie) - $9 million
  10. James Dean - $7 million

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