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Michael Jackson has been named the highest-earning dead celebrity of the year.

The estate of the late 'Thriller' singer, who died from acute Propofol intoxication in 2009, amassed $160 million in 12 months, as a result of the two successful Cirque du Soleil shows, 'Michael Jackson ONE' and 'Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour,' based on his back catalogue of hits.

The earnings put him at the top of Forbes magazine's annual list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities.

The King of Pop took the crown back from his close friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who slipped to fourth place as her estate earned $25 million.

According to the publication, Elvis Presley's estate brought in an estimated $55 million in posthumous earnings, putting him in second place.

Cartoonist Charles Schulz, who created the 'Peanuts' comic strip, moved up one spot to third place on the Forbes list - which analyses dead celebrities' earnings between June 2012 and June 2013 - after amassing $37 million.

Reggae star Bob Marley rounded out to top five with $18 million.

Others in the top 12 include Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe and Bruce Lee, as well as newcomer Jenni Rivera.

The estate of the late Mexican singer, who died in a plane crash in 2012, earned $7 million.

Full list of Forbes magazine's Top-Earning Dead Celebrities:

1. Michael Jackson ($160 million)

2. Elvis Presley ($55 million)

3. Charles Schulz ($37 million)

4. Dame Elizabeth Taylor ($25 million)

5. Bob Marley ($18 million)

6. Marilyn Monroe ($15 million)

7. John Lennon ($12 million)

8. Albert Einstein ($10 million)

9. Bettie Page ($10 million)

10. Theodor Geisel ($9 million)

11. Steve McQueen ($9 million)

12. Bruce Lee ($7 million)

12. Jenni Rivera ($7 million)


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YESSSSSSSSSS!!!Yanni...u just took my mouth.Love u more Mike & we always be with you Kate mom.

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See, God don't like ugly. That jury agreed that AEG hired Murray, but screwed over Ms. Katherine with that twist of words question that could only be answer NO," WAS MURRAY UNFIT AND INCOMPETENT "AT THE TIME" AEG HIRED HIM. I would question how would the jury remotely know if Murray was or was not unfit and incompetent especially since his incompetent actions took Michael Jackson's life. If that same question was, "Was Murray fit and competent when he was hired" of course the jury would have had to said YES, but I always felt that this judge had been told by the powers that be in Los Angeles to make sure The Jackson family would lose that case. But now it is noted that MJ still is the highest paid dead celebrity and wouldn't you know it that it would be because of what and who the KING OF POP really was that would make him number one again. AEG knew that, which is why they were behind his comeback, because anything that MJ touched turned to gold for all involved. So MJ's family still prospers with or without the leeches at AEG. You go, Ms. Katherine, Paris, Prince and Blanket, and Michael Jackson. Even death isn't stopping you from being the KING OF POP!! RIP!

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