Michael Jackson is the Highest Earning Deceased Celebrity of 2017
Forbes has named Michael Jackson the highest earning deceased celebrity of 2017.
This is Jackson’s fifth consecutive year with the title. The King of Pop’s estate raked in $75 million. The earnings come from various avenues, including a new greatest hits album, the Vegas Cirque du Soleil show and more.
Though $75 million is no drop in the bucket it’s still “chump change” when compared to last year’s $825 million total, where about $750 million was due to the sale of Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog, the biggest in the world.
Check out the complete rundown of earnings by deceased celebs below.
- Michael Jackson $75 million
- Arnold Palmer $40 million
- Charles Schulz $38 million
- Elvis Presley $35 million
- Bob Marley $23 million
- Tom Petty $20 million
- Prince $18 million
- Dr. Suess $16 million
- John Lennon $12 million
- Albert Einstein $10 million