Michael Jackson Leads Forbes’ List Of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities For 2017


Even in death, Michael Jackson is still the undisputed King of Pop. Forbes released its annual list of top-earning deceased celebrities, and MJ reigns over all other famous personalities that are no longer with us for the fifth straight year.

Jackson’s estate brought in an estimated $75 million. If the “Thriller” singer was still alive, that yearly income would place him close to Bruce Springsteen’s spot as the 17th highest-paid living entertainer of 2017.

Fellow music icons Bob Marley (#5, $23 million) and Prince (#7, $18 million) made the Top 10 of the top-earning dead celebrities as well. Golf legend Arnold Palmer came it at #2 with $40 million, followed by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz (#3, $38 million) and Rock legend Elvis Presley (#4, $35 million).


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