There’s a new list of the highest-paid dead celebrities

Forbes once again rooted through the financial dealings of dead celebrities for this year’s highest-paid list. You may be surprised who made it this year. (All figures in American dollars):

  1. Roald Dahl, British author d. 1990: $513 million
  2. Prince, d. 2016: $120 million
  3. Michael Jackson, d. 2009: $75 million
  4. Charles Schultz, Peanuts cartoonist, d. 2000: $40 million
  5. Dr. Seuss, kids author, d. 1991: $35 million
  6. Bing Crosby, crooner, d. 1977: $33 million
  7. Elvis Presley, d. 1977: $30 million
  8. Arnold Palmer, golf legend, d. 2016: $27 million
  9. Gerry Goffin, songwriter, d. 2014: $23 million
  10. Luther Vandross, d. 2005: $21 million
  11. Bob Marley, d. 1981: $16 million
  12. Juice Wrld, d. 2019: $15 million
  13. John Lennon, d. 1980: $12 million

Yes, there are 13 people on the list. An odd number, yes, but given the subject matter and the fact that this list was released the day before Halloween…

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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