Top-earn­ing Dead Celebri­ties

Forbes - - Leaderboard Entertainment -

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.

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