Michael Jackson has been listed as the top-earning dead celebrity of 2015, raking in £75million in the past 12 months. He topped the music charts on numerous occasions during his illustrious career.
But Michael Jackson has just recorded his latest number one spot – six years after his death.
The singer has been listed as the top-earning dead celebrity of 2015, raking in £75million in the past 12 months.
The star, who died in 2009 at the age of 50, earned more than double that of Elvis Presley, who was second in the list compiled by Forbes magazine. According to the US business publication, Elvis earned £36million last year thanks to tourism to his Graceland home, and continued music sales.
In August the music legend, who died in 1977, earned his 53rd Top 40 album with the Elvis Presley Forever compilation. Jackson’s posthumous earnings are slightly down from the £90million his estate earned in 2014. However, it now means that his total earnings since his death have now reached $1bn. It is almost as much as the $1.1billion he is estimated to have earned during his solo career since the 1970s.
The main sources of income have been the Vegas Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson One, and his music sales. It is the fourth year in a row the former Jackson 5 singer has topped the list.
Since his death the star’s estate have released two albums of previously unreleased tracks including last year’s Xscape, which shot straight to number on in the UK album charts. His annual earnings are also more than any living solo musician.
The top ranking British star on the list is Elizabeth Taylor who is in fifth place.
The late actress estimated to have made £13 million over the past 12 months, mostly due to her bestselling perfume and her old films.
Musician John Lennon was listed in seven place after estimated earnings of £7.8 million.
Fast and The Furious star Paul Walker is a new entry into the list at position number nine.
The actor, who died in a car accident 2013, is estimated to have raked in around £6.85 million.
Cartoonist Charles Schulz came in at third with £26million thanks to his popular characters, which include Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
A 3-D film, The Peanuts Movie, is set for release later this year.
Reggae star Bob Marley was in fourth place after earnings of £13.7million thanks to his music library and merchandise, which also features a line of fruit-flavoured drinks.
Forbes compiled the list in conjunction with estate managers, agents and music publishers, coming up with estimates of what each estate brought in between October 2014 and October 2015. Josh Rubenstein, National Chair of Trusts and Estates at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP told Forbes: “When a composer or a performer dies, that’s it.
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“It’s no more. Once they’re dead and there can’t be any more work, all of the sudden everybody comes in and says, ‘Oh, we’ve got to get this guy.’”
Forbes’ top earning dead celebrities of 2015:
- Michael Jackson: £75million
- Elvis Presley: £36million
- Charles Schulz: £26million
- Bob Marley: £13.7million
- Elizabeth Taylor: £13milliom
- Marilyn Monroe: £11.1million
- John Lennon: £7.8million
- Albert Einstein: £7.2million
- Paul Walker: £6.85million
- Bettie Page: £6.5million
- Theodor Geisel: £6.2million
- Steve McQueen: £5.9million
- James Dean: £5.5million