This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celebs

Michael Jackson earned $75M in last 12 months: 'Forbes'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 8:33 AM CDT
This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celebs
Michael Jackson tops Forbes' list of highest-earning dead celebrities.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Celebrities aren't any less mortal than the rest of us, but their earning power can be. Forbes takes a look at the highest-paid dead celebrities of the past year, measuring pretax income as of Oct. 15. Among those included is a celeb who died this month—and another who died 40 years ago.

The highest-earning deceased celebs in the year beginning Oct. 15, 2016:

1. Michael Jackson: $75 million
2. Arnold Palmer: $40 million
3. Charles Schulz (Peanuts creator): $38 million
4. Elvis Presley: $35 million

5. Bob Marley: $23 million
6. Tom Petty: $20 million
7. Prince: $18 million
8. Dr. Seuss: $16 million

Click for the full list of 13 or see the most popular albums of the year. (Read more celebrities stories.)

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