The late great King of Pop Michael Jackson, beat out some big names as top earning deceasesd celebrity. The King of Pop Estate made an astonishing $275 million dollars last year, stumping out the rest of the field. Not to mention, Michael earned more money than any living celebrity other than Oprah Winfey. You cannot make this stuff up.
"His earning potential will only increase year after year, as his legacy continues to be cemented," says Susan Blond, who served as Jackson's publicist during the Thriller days. "When our great-grandchildren are talking about music, it will be Michael Jackson over Elvis Presley."(Source)
Coming second on the list is the King of Rock-N-Roll himself, Elvis Preseley, whose estate ranked in $60 million dollars. The rest of the list includes:
Third is J.R.R. Tolkien, who sold a combined 500,000 copies of his The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books in the past year alone, even though he died 37 years ago.
"Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz is fourth, having earned $33 million
John Lennon is fifth at $17 million.
Tying for the last spots with $6 million apiece are Jimi Hendrix, Steve McQueen and Aaron Spelling.
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