Bob Mar­ley places fifth on Forbes dead celebri­ties rich list 2014

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

In a re­play of last year’s rank­ing, Jamaican reg­gae legend Bob Mar­ley has placed fifth on Forbes mag­a­zine’s top earn­ing dead celebrity 2014 list, mak­ing him the only Caribbean star to shine among a galaxy dom­i­nated by North Amer­i­can and Bri­tish lu­mi­nar­ies.

The en­dur­ing “One Love” singer is still earn­ing steadily since his death from can­cer at the age of 36 in 1981, with Forbes re­port­ing sales of bags and a line of fruit flavoured drinks, as well as the fa­mil­iar T-shirts bear­ing the late mu­sic icon’s name.

The “Re­demp­tion Song” star has also sold well over 75 mil­lion al­bums in the past two decades and hauled in US$20 mil­lion in the year-to-date to se­cure fifth po­si­tion on the 2014 rich list.

Like ev­ery­one else, Mar­ley still has a way to go to catch up with first-placed Michael Jack­son who was 50-years-old when he passed away in 2009.

The King of Pop’s es­tate con­tin­ued to rake in more money than most liv­ing celebri­ties, with earn­ings of a whop­ping US$140 mil­lion this year.

Ac­cord­ing to Forbes, MJ made almost three times as much as the late King of Rock and Roll Elvis Pres­ley who made US$55 mil­lion over the same 12-month pe­riod to land in sec­ond place.

This year, Jack­son made a killing with his sec­ond post­hu­mous al­bum re­lease Xs­cape, while his stand­ing was fur­ther re­in­forced by a holo­graphic per­for­mance on stage at the Bill­board Mu­sic Awards.

The late King of Pop has made US$700 mil­lion since his death five years ago.

Mean­while, Pres­ley’s rights were bought by Au­then­tic Brands Group (ABG) last year for US$125 mil­lion, and his es­tate raked in a for­tune from Grace­land tourism and his mu­sic li­brary.

The late King of Rock died of a heart at­tack at the age of 42.

Charles Schulz cer­tainly did not make Peanuts, plac­ing third with US$40 mil­lion cour­tesy of his popular car­toon char­ac­ters like Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

While cash is con­tin­u­ing to pour in from his comic strip and mer­chan­dis­ing, Schulz is due for a fur­ther boost thanks to an up­com­ing 3-D movie from Fox.

Much-mar­ried “Cleopa­tra” star El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor bagged fourth po­si­tion with US$25 mil­lion, mainly due to her best-sell­ing fra­grance “White Di­a­monds” and her old movies. Tay­lor died of a heart at­tack at the age of 79.

Forbes top 13 high­est earn­ing dead celebri­ties 2014: 1. Michael Jack­son 2. Elvis Pres­ley 3. Charles Schulz 4. El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor 5. Bob Mar­ley 6. Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe 7. John Len­non 8. Al­bert Ein­stein 9. Theodor Geisel (tie) 9. Bruce Lee (tie) 9. Steve McQueen (tie) 9. Bet­tie Page (tie) 13. James Dean

Forbes com­piled the list in con­junc­tion with es­tate man­agers, agents, mu­sic pub­lish­ers and other in­sid­ers, com­ing up with es­ti­mates of what each es­tate brought in be­tween Oc­to­ber 2013 and Oc­to­ber 2014.

Bob Mar­ley: The leg­endary reg­gae singer con­tin­ues to sell mil­lions of al­bums more than three decades

after his death.

Michael Jack­son: The king of pop’s post­hu­mous re­lease Xs­cape bol­stered his es­tate earn­ings this

year.

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