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Here’s your obligatory Halloween list of top-earning dead musicians

Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you can’t still make bank. You’re just not around to enjoy it.

Forbes, who is always interested in the incomes of famous people, has this Top 13 list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Note that most of them are deceased musicians.

  1. Michael Jackson (d. 2009), US$60 million
  2. Elvis Presley (d. 1977), US$39 million
  3. Charles M. Schulz (creator of Peanuts, d. 2000), US$38 million
  4. Arnold Palmer (golfer, d. 2016), US$30 million
  5. Bob Marley (d. 1981), US$20 million
  6. Dr. Seuss (children’s author, d. 1991), US$19 million
  7. John Lennon (d. 1980), US$14 million
  8. Marilyn Monroe (d. 1962), US$13 million
  9. Prince (d. 2016), $12 million
  10. Nipsey Hussle (d. 2019), US$11 million
  11. XXXtentacion (d. 2018), $US10 million
  12. Whitney Houston (d. 2012), US$9.5 million
  13. George Harrison (d. 2001), US$9 million

The full list and the dearly departed source of income can be found here.

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