Another Halloween List: The Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities

Although not very practical, death can be a very good career move. Just in time for Halloween, here’s the annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities. All figures in USD.

  1. Michael Jackson: $115 million (Note that this is more than twice what Beyonce will earn this year but about a third of what Taylor Swift will pull in. Still, MJ has earned over $1 billion as a dead guy.)
  2. Elvis Presley: $55 million (Elvis is the reason these lists started being created in the first place.
  3. Charles Schulz: $40 million
  4. Bob Marley: $21 million (This will only increase now that the Marley estate is now into the legal marijuana business.)
  5. Elizabeth Taylor: $20 million
  6. Marilyn Monroe: $17 million
  7. John Lennon: $12 million (He’ll be on this list for years.)
  8. Albert Einstein: $11 million
  9. Paul Walker: $10.5 million
  10. Bettie Page: $10 million
  11. Theodor Geisel: $9.5 million
  12. Steve McQueen: $9 million
  13. James Dean: 8.5 million

(Via the BBC)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Another Halloween List: The Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities

  • January 12, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I can’t wait for the kardashian family and Kanye to be on this list – I’m sick and tired of them


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