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Published on October 31st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Time for Another Top Earning Dead Celebrities List from Forbes

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

Because Beatles.

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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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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