Every year around Halloween, someone (usually Forbes) comes up with a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Once again, we can see how good death is for business.
Here are the biggest zombie earners for 2018 (all numbers in US dollars)
1. Michael Jackson: $400 million
That’s a lot, but consider that $287 million of that came with selling his estate’s piece of EMI Music Publishing to Sony for $287 million
2. Elvis Presley: $40 million
He still sells at least a million albums a year, but most of the cash comes through tourism to Graceland and other Presley attractions in Memphis.
3. Arnold Palmer: $35 million
Lots of golf gear, obviously, but there’s also a new line of Arnold Palmer alcoholic beverages.
4. Charles Schulz: $34 million
Charlie Brown continues to be very, very good to him.
5. Bob Marley: $23 million
Music, headphones, speakers, ganja gear.
6. Dr. Seuss: $16 million
He sold nearly five million books last year as a dead guy.
7. Hugh Hefner: $15 million
Don’t get excited. A lot of that came from a sale of his estate for $35 million last year.
8. Marilyn Monroe: $14 million
The licensing deals just keep coming.
9. Prince: $13 million
Now that his estate is in control of his music, watch that number climb in 2019.
10. John Lennon: $12 million
Because Beatles. And some Lennon reissues, too.
See the rest of the list here.