Michael Jackson Tops Forbes’ List of Highest-Earning Deceased Celebs

Johnnie WaltersOctober 26, 2011

For the second year in a row, Michael Jackson has been named the Top Earning Dead Celebrity.

According to Forbes, Jackson’s estate made more than $170 million. The huge gross was due to music sales, the King of Pop’s “stake in the Sony/ATV catalog,” and other contributing factors like Cirque Du Soleil’s show ‘Immortal,’ which is based on Jackson’s life and career.

Although, $170 million is a huge payday compared to other deceased celebs and also living ones. He is the second highest earning act dead or alive, after U2. A year ago, he topped the list with $275 million.

Following Jackson on the “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” list are Elvis Presley ($55 million), Marilyn Monroe ($27 million), ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz ($25 million), and Elizabeth Taylor ($12 million), who tied at No. 5 with Beatles member John Lennon.

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