Top-earning Dead Celebrities
YES, THE PEARLY GATES seemed to welcome an unusual number of celebs in the past year (David Bowie, Prince and Arnold Palmer, to name a few)—but the long- departed King of Pop had the time of his afterlife. The $750 million sale of Michael Jackson’s half of the SONY/ATV music publishing catalog, famous for its library of Beatles tunes, puts him at the top of our annual ranking of the dead celebrities who earned the most. This is ironic given that many critics, and some of Jackson’s advisors, once derided the catalog as a badly overpriced investment. Jacko’s payday ranks as the biggest annual haul by any celeb— dead or alive.