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Movies October, 27 2011

Forbes: The 15 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

For the second year in a row, Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ annual list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities.

“Over the past 12 months Jackson’s estate brought in $170 million from sales of his music and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog. That’s a big drop from the $275 million Jackson earned in the previous 12 months but it’s still enough to make him the second highest-earning pop act over the past year, dead or alive, after U2.”

To place on this year’s list a deceased celebrity had to have earned at least $6 million between October 2010 and October 2011. The 15 people on the list earned a combined $366 million in that period.

The full top 15 list follows after the click.

No. 1 Michael Jackson, $170 million
No. 2 Elvis Presley, $55 million
No. 3 Marilyn Monroe, $27 million
No. 4 Charles Schulz, $25 million
No. 5 John Lennon (tie), $12 million
No. 5 Elizabeth Taylor (tie), $12 million
No. 7 Albert Einstein, $10 million
No. 8 Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), $9 million
No. 9 Jimi Hendrix (tie), $7 million
No. 9 Stieg Larsson (tie), $7 million
No. 9 Steve McQueen (tie), $7 million
No. 9 Richard Rodgers (tie), $7 million
No. 13 George Harrison (tie), $6 million
No. 13 Bettie Page (tie), $6 million
No. 13 Andy Warhol (tie), $6 million

Near misses include: Kurt Cobain, James Dean, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, Bram Stoker, J.R.R. Tolkien and Amy Winehouse

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