Another Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List

I’ll save you the suspense:  the top-earning dead guy this year is Michael Jackson. And with the trial of his doctor happening in the lead-up to Christmas, this is going to be another good season for the guy. Too bad he’s not around to enjoy it.

Here’s the full list according to Forbes:

1.  Michael Jackson ($170 million):  Cash goes to the estate.

2.  Elvis Presley ($55 million):  Cash goes to the estate.

3.  Marilyn Monroe ($27 million):  Cash goes to Authentic Brands, who bought the rights from her estate.

4.  Charles Schultz ($25 million):  A company called Iconix owns 80% of the Peanuts strips and maintains most of the 1,200 licensing agreements for characters like Charlie Brown, Snoppy and Woodstock.

5.  (Tie) John Lennon ($12 million):  I thought it would be more, but Yoko ain’t hurtin’.

5.  (Tie) Elizabeth Taylor ($12 million):  White Diamonds perfume is a big seller.  Just wait until her jewels get auctioned off next month.  That could bring in another $30 million alone.

7.  Albert Einstein ($10 million):  Disney earns a lot from its Baby Einstein products.  His estate also earns money from Chrysler, Nintendo and others.

8.  Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel ($9 million):  The Grinch Who Stole Christmas just keeps giving and giving and giving…

9.  (Tie) Jimi Hendrix ($7 million): The estate continues to pimp him out.  His latest endorsement?  HP Sauce.

9.  (Tie) Steig Larsson ($7 million):  Just wait until Hollwood remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens next month.

More on the list here.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

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