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Michael Jackson named top earning dead celebrity with $75 million

The singer and performer’s post-mortem empire has topped the list for the fifth year in a row.

File photo as Michael Jackson performs during his 'Victory' Tour on July 14, 1984 at the Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
File photo as Michael Jackson performs during his 'Victory' Tour on July 14, 1984 at the Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Image: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

LEGENDARY POP SINGER Michael Jackson has been named as the top earning dead celebrity in a list from Forbes.

The Forbes list of the 13 highest grossing dead celebrities for 2017 puts Jackson in at number one with earnings of $75 million for the period of 15 October, 2016 through 15 October, 2017.

The singer and performer’s post-mortem empire has topped the list for the fifth year in a row, with a CBS Halloween special and new album Scream helping the estate rake in the cash.

Jackson died on 25 June 2009.

Following Jackson in to number 2 is golf legend Arnold Palmer raking in $40 million just a year after his death. A large number of retail stores still stock Palmer’s line of goods.

At number 3 is the creator of the popular Peanuts cartoon and comic strip Charles Schulz with an income of $38 million.

Following the King of Pop in at number four is King of Rock N’ Roll Elvis Presley, with $35 million in earnings.

The full list is as follows:

  1. Michael Jackson ($75 million)
  2. Arnold Palmer ($40 million)
  3. Charles Schulz $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)
  9. John Lennon ($12 million)
  10. Albert Einstein ($10 million)
  11. David Bowie ($9.5 million)
  12. Elizabeth Taylor ($8 million)
  13. Bettie Paige ($7.5million)

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While Jackson came in well on top, the singer’s earnings paled in comparison with his $825 million haul last year, the highest annual total for any entertainer dead or alive.

This was mostly as a result of the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue.

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