Michael Jackson top earning dead celebrity - Forbes


October 31, 2017
Michael Jackson


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

Jackson is atop the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year, with US$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 US$35 million and Bob Marley ranks fifth with US$23 million.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer is the second-highest earner with $40 million. He is followed by Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts franchise with $38 million.