Michael Jackson Tops Forbes’ 2016 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List

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Late King of Pop, Michael Jackson passed away seven years ago but still earned a staggering $825 million in 2016, making him the biggest dead celebrity earner of the year.


According to Forbes, the reason he made that much revenue was because of his estate’s decision to sell his half-share of the Beatles catalogue to Sony for $750 million.

The Thriller star had purchased the rights to the Fab Four’s music back in 1984 for $47.5 million and then sold 50 percent of it to Sony in 1995 for $115 million.

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Others are…

2: Author and cartoonist Charles Schulz – $48 million

3: Golfer Arnold Palmer – $40 million

4: Elvis Presley – $27 million

5: Prince – $25 million

6: Bob Marley -$21 million

7: Theodor ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel – $20 million

8: John Lennon – $12 million

9: Physicist Albert Einstein – $11.5 million

10: Original pin-up girl Bettie Page – $11 million

11 David Bowie – earned $10.5 million

12 Movie star Steve McQueen – $9 million

13: Elizabeth Taylor – $8 million

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