Forbes' Top-Earning DEAD Celebs: Michael Jackson No.1, Bob Marley No. 5 - GhKings

Forbes’ Top-Earning DEAD Celebs: Michael Jackson No.1, Bob Marley No. 5

They might be dead but these celebrities are still making money while laying in their coffin. Forbes top-earning dead musicians include Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and more.

Forbes' Top-Earning DEAD Celebs: Michael Jackson No.1, Bob Marley No. 5

Michael Jackson died eight years ago, but he’s still generating millions of dollars.

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Jackson is atop the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year, with $75 million. Forbes says Jackson’s earnings are boosted by a new greatest hits album, a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalogue.

Two other singers join Jackson in the top five. Elvis Presley comes in fourth with $35 million and Bob Marley ranks fifth with $23 million.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer is the second-highest earner. He brought in $40m in part through sales of Arizona lemonade and ice tea beverage made in his name.

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Palmer is followed by Charles Schulz. The creator of the Peanuts franchise made $38m.

Take a look at the top 10 on the list here:

1. Michael Jackson, $75 million
2. Arnold Palmer, $40 million
3. Charles Schulz, $38 million
4. Elvis Presley, $35 million
5. Bob Marley, 3 million
6. Tom Petty, 0 million
7. Prince, 8 million
8. Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, 6 million
9. John Lennon, 2 million
10. Albert Einstein, 0 million

Akwasi King

Akwasi is a filmmaker who is also very passionate about Ghana music. You can reach me via email: king@GhKings.com or call +233 20 435 435 9.


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