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Michael Jackson Tops Forbes List Of Top Earning Dead Celebrities Of 2015

Michael Jackson

The greatest entertainers of all time keep raking in enormous revenue years after they are long gone, a testament to their magnificent pulling power.

In that vein, Forbes releases the list of the top earning dead celebrities each year. This year’s list sees the debut of a new entrant, the actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash towards the end of filming of the seventh installment in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise- Furious 7.

Walker landed on 9th place on the list, earning $10.5m over the past year.


The late King of Pop topped the list for the third year running, raking in an estimated $115m over the assessed period. According to Forbes, Jackson has earned over $1bn, before taxes, since his death in 2009.

Below are the top 13 celebrities on the Forbes list:

  1. Michael Jackson: $115m (£75m)
  2. Elvis Presley: $55m (£35.8m)
  3. Charles Schulz: $40m (£26m)
  4. Bob Marley: $21m (£13.7m)
  5. Elizabeth Taylor: $20m (£13m)
  6. Marilyn Monroe: $17m (£11m)
  7. John Lennon: $12m (£7.8m)
  8. Albert Einstein: $11m (£7.1m)
  9. Paul Walker: $10.5m (£6.8m)
  10. Bettie Page: $10m (£6.5m)
  11. Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss): $9.5m (£6.1m)
  12. Steve McQueen: $9m (£5.8m)
  13. James Dean: $8.5m (£5.5m)



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