We can always depend on Forbes to tell us how much money dead celebrities are raking in. And just in time for Halloween, here are some corpses that are richer than all of us. All figures are in USD.
1.Michael Jackson: $75 million earned in 2017
Jacko retains his #1 position for the fifth year in a row.
2. Arnold Palmer: $40 million
More than 400 stores carry his golf stuff (mostly in Asia) plus there’s line of canned beverages.
3. Charles M. Schultz: $38 million
MetLife is dropping their Peanuts-branded campaigns, but the contract runs until 2019.
4. Elvis Presley: $35 million
Been to Memphis and seen the new entertainment complex and theme hotel?
5. Bob Marley: $23 million
Let’s see: CDs, publishing, headphones, smoking supplies…
6. Tom Petty: $20 million
Most of this came while Petty was still alive. His band was making about $1 million a night on that last tour.
7. Prince: $18 million
I wonder what Prince would think about the money his estate is making from digital sources?
8. Dr. Seuss: $16 million
There’s lots of money in green eggs and ham.
9. John Lennon: $12 million
10. Albert Einstein: $10 million
Good marketing of your image, dude.
11. David Bowie: $9.5 million
We’ve bought and streamed a lot of Bowie stuff since he died.
12. Elizabeth Taylor: $8 million
I’m not sure how Liz continues to rake it in, but Forbes wouldn’t lie, right?
13. Bettie Page: $7.5 million
See Albert Einstein above.
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