Michael Jackson Is Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrity

Written by on November 16, 2020

Michael Jackson has once again topped the Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities for the eighth year  N22.1 billion in earnings.

The list released by Forbes on Friday, November 13, showed Jackson’s Mijac Music catalog, which includes tunes by Elvis and Aretha Franklin, and a long-term deal with Sony accounted for more than 70% of his earnings.

Here are Forbes’ 8 highest-paid dead celebrities in 2020.

1: Michael Jackson The musician who died of an overdose on June 25, 2009, aged 50 raked in $48 million in 2020.

2: Dr. Seuss / Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel The American author died of cancer on September 24, 1991, at the age of 87. He earned $33 million in 2020 after selling nearly six million books in the United States this year.


3: Charles Schulz Schulz was an American cartoonist who died of cancer on February 12, 2000, aged 77. He made $32.5 million. The Schulz estate brought in more than $110 million in revenue. Part of that is said to have come from Apple TV+.

4: Arnold Palmer He was an American professional golfer who died of heart disease on September 25, 2016. He earned $25 million.

5: Elvis Presley Presley was an entertainer who died of a heart attack on August 16, 1977, aged 42. He made $23 million in 2020.

6: Kobe Bryant The American basketball player died on January 26, 2020, at the age of 41.

7: Juice WRLD The rapper died due to overdose and homicide on December 8, 2019, and made $15 million in 2020.


8: Bob Marley Marley succumbed to cancer on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36 but made $14 million in 2020.

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