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Top-earning dead celebs 2017: Michael Jackson's JAW-DROPPING earning tops list; Tom Petty, Prince feature too

International Business Times logo International Business Times 31-10-2017 Dishya Sharma

Michael Jackson standing on a stage: Top 13 highest earning dead celebs © Reuters, Getty Images Top 13 highest earning dead celebs It has been eight solid years since Michael Jackson died. But the late musician has been cashing in on his legacy even after his death. Standing atop the Forbes' Top 13 list of highest-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year, MJ once again proves he is the King.

The King of Pop beat several other dead musicians to top the list this year. The Thriller hitmaker has earned about $75 million during a one year period, Forbes reveals. His earnings are courtesy Vegas Cirque du Soleil show, Michael Jackson One, a stake in the EMI music publishing catalogue and a new greatest hits album, 'Scream,' released last September.

Accompanying Jackson in the top 5 are two other legendary singers – Elvis Presley and Bob Marley, earning $35 million and Marley ranks fifth with $23 million, respectively. However, they don't come right below the singer. Forbes reveals Golf Legend Arnold Palmer ranked second in the list with an income of $40 million.

'Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz took the third spot with $38 million. His lucrative MetLife campaign — which expires in 2019 — licensing, retail and book sales helped his brand name to earn the mentioned amount.

Presley comes fourth with his earnings a result of new openings within Graceland: The Guesthouse hotel and Elvis Presley's Memphis Entertainment Complex. Marley places himself after Presley in the fifth position. The Reggae star's income is a result of House of Marley audio equipment and the Marley Beverage Co.

Apart from the legendary stars, three recently deceased musicians also found a place in the list. Tom Petty, who died earlier this month, Prince and David Bowie (both died early last year) are featured in the list.

Petty stands at number six with $20 million, Prince is at number seven with $18 million in earnings, while Bowie is placed at number 11 with $9.5 million. John Lennon is at ninth spot with an earning of $12 million.

Others on the list include Dr Seuss, Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Taylor and Bettie Paige.

Michael Jacksonmusiciandied 2009$75million
Arnold Palmergolferdied 2016$40million
Charles Schulzcartoonistdied 2000$38million
Elvis Presleymusiciandied 1977$35million
Bob Marleymusiciandied 1981$23million
Tom Pettymusiciandied 2017$20million
Princemusiciandied 2016$18million
Dr. Seussauthordied 1991$16million
John Lennonmusiciandied 1980$12million
Albert Einsteinphysicistdied 1955$10million
David Bowiemusiciandied 2016$9.5million
Elizabeth Tayloractressdied 2011$8million
Bettie Paigemodeldied 2008$7.5million

Data Courtesy: Forbes

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