Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson top earning dead celebrity

Subscribe To:

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)


Tags: Michael Jackson - Elizabeth Taylor - Marilyn Monroe - Bruce Lee

Subscribe To:

More Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album

Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie...

Michael Jackson's Legacy And Earning Potential Live On With New Video "A Place With No Name"

It’s about time for another round of Michael Jackson nostalgia, with A Place With No Name, the first single off his posthumous album, released yesterday....

Beyonce To Receive Vanguard Award At The VMAs. But Mostly, YES, She Will Perform!

Umm, Beyonce will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards... is anyone really , surprised? Bey is everywhere these days. In the wake of...

Could Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Fetch up To $85m?

We previously thought Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch would cost around $60m, but various reports are suggesting that the 1040-hectare (2,600-acre) estate could fetch anything up...


Michael Jackson's Neverland to be Sold: What Can You Buy For $60m?

What would you do if you won the lottery this weekend? Buy a yacht? A football club? Well, you could also buy Neverland. Michael Jackson’s...

Jackson Family To Star In New Reality Show - But Who Is Alejandra Jackson?

Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are set to star in a new reality series but most people have never heard of the focus of...

Michael Jackson - XSCAPE documentary 2.0 teaser Video

A new teaser has been released for the forthcoming documentary on Michael Jackson's posthumous album 'Xscape'.

Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good (DM CLASSIC RADIO MIX) Audio Video

The DM Classic Radio Mix for Michael Jackson's posthumous hit single 'Love Never Felt So Good' has been released as an audio. The track featured...



gomesrosemayr's picture


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

1 year 1 month ago
View Comments

YANNI54's picture


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!

1 year 1 month ago
View Comments

Michael Jackson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Michael Jackson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All