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Revealed: The top-earning dead celebrities

31st Oct 17 9:37 am

Forbes reveals all

As an overview of the top five; Michael Jackson tops the list once again, making him the highest paid dead celebrity for the fifth year in a row, with a whopping $75m. 

Gold legend Arnold Palmer takes the no.2 spot with earnings of $40m as sales of Palmer-branded clothing do very well in Asia, and AriZona beverages produces 400 million cans of its Arnold Palmer line per year. 

Charles Shulz ranks third with $38m despite MetLife retiring Snoopy and Charlie Brown from its ad campaigns. 

Elvis Presley finishes fourth with $35 million, up from last year’s $27 million sum thanks to the new $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex and recently-opened hotel The Guesthouse at Graceland. Bob Marley rounds out the top five with $23 million, boosted by sustainability-focused House of Marley audio products and the Marley Beverage Co.

The full list:

1 Michael Jackson $75,000,000
2 Arnold Palmer $40,000,000
3 Charles Schulz $38,000,000
4 Elvis $35,000,000
5 Bob Marley $23,000,000
6 Tom Petty $20,000,000
7 Prince $18,000,000
8 Dr. Seuss $16,000,000
9 John Lennon $12,000,000
10 Albert Einstein $10,000,000
11 David Bowie $9,500,000
12 Elizabeth Taylor $8,000,000
13 Bettie Page $7,500,000
  TOTAL $312,000,000

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