Michael Jackson is at the top of the Forbes list of most earning dead celebrities for the seventh year in a row and has raised $ 60 million since October 2018, despite the subject of the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary.
The list published on Wednesday showed that the music flows from the King of Pop in the US have increased to 2.1 billion, compared to 1.8 billion the year before. His Mijac music catalog, Sony deal and a show in Las Vegas continue to contribute to his fortune.
An estimate of pre-tax income – without deduction of fees for agents, managers and lawyers – takes into account figures from Nielsen Music, IMDBPro and interviews with industry insiders.
It places Jackson at least $ 21 million for Elvis Presley, Charles Schultz and Arnold Palmer.
Michael Jackson's music was streamed 2.1 billion times in the US compared to 1.8 billion a year ago. His music catalog, Vegas show and Sony deal help him toplist for the seventh year
Elvis Presley earned $ 39 million and Graceland in Memphis is a big earner (photo 1973), according to Forbes, who created the list with an estimate of pre-tax revenue
The estate of golf legend Arnold Palmer has MasterCard and Rolex deals, plus a drink named after him in Arizona, which contributes to the $ 30 million profit
Presley's Graley is so popular with 500,000 visitors each year that the attraction has recently added an $ 45 million Memphis extension.
Elvis was only $ 1 million ahead of Peanuts maker Charles Schultz.
Thanks to a double-digit license agreement with MetLife, the Snoopy cartoonist earned $ 38 million. However, he will probably bring down the list for next year when that contract expires.
The estate of Marilyn Monroe (no. 8) has the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a tribute to her deal with Zales, and chooses the actress who was Diamonds Are a Girl & # 39; s best friend in the film for their own jewelry to promote
Author Dr. Seuss (no. 6) died 28 years ago, but only last year did he move five million copies of his children's books
Charles Schultz, creator of Snoopy, earned $ 38 million thanks to a deal with Peanuts with MetLife
Arnold Palmer was another non-music star who made a lot of money from the grave. Benefiting from Mastercard, Rolex and a drink deal with Arizona for his drink of the same name, the name has remained very much alive since his death three years ago.
Forbes & # 39; 13 most deserving dead celebrities
Michael Jackson – Musician (overdose / murder) June 25, 2009: $ 60 million
Elvis – Musician (heart attack) August 16, 1977: $ 39 million
Charles Schultz – Cartoonist (cancer) February 12, 2000: $ 38 million
Arnold Palmer – Golfer (heart disease) September 25, 2016: $ 30 million
Bob Marley – Musician (cancer) May 11, 1981: $ 20 million
Dr. Seuss – Author (cancer) September 24, 1991: $ 19 million
John Lennon – Musician (murder) December 8, 1980: $ 14 million
Marilyn Monroe – Actress (overdose) August 5, 1962: $ 13 million
Prince – Musician (overdose) April 21, 2016: $ 12 million
Nipsey Hussle – Musician (murder) March 31, 2019: $ 11 million
XXXtentacion – Musician (murder) June 18, 2018: $ 10 million
Whitney Houston – Musician (drowning) February 11, 2012: $ 95 million
George Harrison – Musician (cancer) November 29, 2001: $ 9 million
Author Dr. Seuss (No. 6) died 28 years ago, but in the past year alone he shifted five million copies of his children's books, plus deals with Hallmark and Universal Studios continue to add value to his brand.
The estate of Marilyn Monroe (no. 8) has the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a tribute to her deal with Zales, and chooses the actress who became Diamonds Are a Girl & # 39; s best friend in the film for their own jewelry to promote.
Having famously claimed that she was wearing nothing but Chanel No.5 to bed, 57 years after she died of an overdose, the star – real name Norma Jean – has a deal with the designer brand and luxury watchmakers Mont Blanc.
Perhaps the proof that music has the most potential when it comes to earning in the hereafter, the rest of the list is supplemented by hit makers. Late Beatles stars had it on the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album, which saw an increase of 2.2 million in sales and increased John Lennon's personal catalog by 52 percent.
George Harrison – who also wrote some of the Fab Four's biggest hits – earned $ 9 million this year thanks to a Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil show with iconic songs from the Liverpool band.
Three years after his death, Prince & # 39; s music sold an annual 12 percent boost with 500 million streams and 320,000 physical copies of his release.
Singing legend Whitney Houston (12) made her Forbes debut almost eight years after her death.
This year her Higher Love song hit the charts again with a Kygo remix and half of her estate was sold for $ 7 million this year, earning $ 9.5 million in total.
Beatles members John Lennon (left) and George Harrison (right) – benefited from the anniversary of Abbey Road and a Cirque Du Soleil show in Vegas. The list takes into account figures from Nielsen Music, IMDBPro and interviews with industry insiders
Nine of the names on the list of 13 are musicians. Bob Marley is shown on the left and Prince on the right
Although there were higher earners of music stars, while retaining rights to his creations, rapper Nipsey Hussle (10) collected $ 11 million from 1.85 billion streams, making him the third largest earner of music alone.
However, Hussle most recently passed the stars and was killed in March.
Co-rapper XXXtentacion – real name Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy – was not far behind with $ 10 million from 5.6 billion music streams. After his death in June 2018, his music fell by 27 percent on an annual basis over the past year compared to the year in which he died.
Singer Whitney Houston debuted on the Forbes list almost eight years after her death
Murdered rappers XXXtentacion (left) and Nipsey Hussle (right) are numbers 11 and 10 on the list
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