Michael Jackson heads list of 2018 highest earning dead celebrities

A list of this year’s highest paid dead celebrities has placed Michael Jackson at the top by a massive £282m.

The annual list by Forbes measures pre-tax earnings from 1 October 2017 to 1 October 2018 before deducting fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors.

Find out who the top 10 highest earning dead celebrities are here:

  1. Michael Jackson

The King of Pop’s estate raked in £313m over the past year. He tops the list for the sixth year in a row after dying in 2009 of an overdose.

Jackson has made £1.8bn since his death.

2 . Elvis Presley

The rock and roll legend, who died of a heart attack in 1977 aged 42, made £31m over the past year from music sales, tickets to Graceland and a new entertainment complex called Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

3. Arnold Palmer

The champion golfer, known as The King, made £27m this year from his golf courses and various enterprises including a mass-produced drink called the Arnold Palmer which combines sweet iced tea with lemonade.

He died in 2016 aged 87.


4. Charles Schulz

The American cartoonist, nicknamed Sparky, was best known for Peanuts, featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
He died of colon cancer in 2000 aged 77 and his original strips have been printed ever since, earning him £26m this year.

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