Michael Jackson has clinched the title of highest-earning dead celebrity of 2016, according to a new Forbes ranking — surpassing other late stars such as deceased golfer Arnold Palmer, “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz, and even Elvis Presley and Prince.
Jackson, who passed away in June of 2009, left a significant fortune behind, but the additional sale in March of Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog for $750 million — after his death — helped him top Forbes’ annual list.
In total, Jackson’s pretax earnings amounted to approximately $825 million, beating Charles Schulz (on $48 million), Arnold Palmer (on $40 million), and even Elvis Presley (on $27 million) and recently deceased rockstar Prince ($25 million).
Bob Marley ($21 million), Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel ($20 million), John Lennon ($12 million), Albert Einstein ($11.5 million), and Bettie Page ($11 million) rounded out Forbes’ list of “The Top-Earning Dead Celebs Of 2016.”
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