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These celebri­ties are mak­ing a killing from beyond the grave

Michael Jack­son earned more than any other celebrity in 2016 (alive or dead) ac­cord­ing to Forbes, prov­ing he’s still the King of Pop seven years af­ter his demise. His es­tate raked in $750 mil­lion from sell­ing half of a mu­sic pub­lish­ing cat­a­log that in­cludes The Bea­tles li­brary and an­other $75 mil­lion from mu­sic and li­cens­ing — which means MJ beat out the top-earn­ing still-breath­ing celeb, Tay­lor Swift, by $655 mil­lion! And he’s not this year’s only late, great mon­ey­maker …

MICHAEL JACK­SON DIED 2009 Earn­ings: $825M from mu­sic, li­cens­ing and a Ve­gas show

DAVID BOWIE DIED 2016 Earn­ings: $10.5M from mu­sic sales

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