Five years after his death, singer Michael Jackson is generating a fortune and is the top-earning dead celebrity. He passed away at the age of fifty in the year 2009.
“More than five years after his passing, the King of Pop remains royalty among postmortem earners, pulling in triple-digit millions every full year since his death.” Forbes stated in their statement.
Michael Jackson’s second posthumous release, Xscape, debuted at number two on music charts earlier this year. “Much of his cash comes from two Cirque du Soleil shows-Immortal, now one of the ten top grossing tours of all time, and One, a permanent show in Las Vegas-as well as his half of the Sony/ATV publishing empire and his own Mijac catalogue.” added Forbes.
Michael Jackson had more than twice of singer Elvis Presley’s earnings, who came second on the list with earnings of $55 million. Elvis Presley, died in the year 1977 at the age of forty two from a cardiac arrest.
“The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley earns from Graceland admissions, licensing and merchandizing and a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show. A perennial favorite, his Facebook page has more than twelve million likes.” informs Forbes.
Other celebrities in the Top Earning Dead Celebrities list include actress Elizabeth Taylor, reggae legend Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, John Lenon, James Dean and Albert Einstein
Here is the Forbes list:
Michael Jackson – $140 million
Elvis Presley – $55 million
Charles Schulz – $40 million
Elizabeth Taylor – $25 million
Bob Marley – $20 million
Marilyn Monroe – $17 million
John Lennon – $12 million
Albert Einstein – $11 million
Theodor Geisel, Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen And Bettie Page (tie) – $9 million
James Dean – $7 million
Forbes have compiled the list after speaking to estate managers, lawyers and licensors. They have then analysed the estimated posthumous earnings between October 2013-2014.
King of Pop Michael Jackson is the top earning dead celebrity with earnings of $140 million, according to Forbes. Five years after his death, singe...2.0