Cobain knocks income crown off The King
NEW YORK • Angst- ridden grunge rocker Kurt Cobain has pushed Elvis “ The King” Presley into second place in a list of highestearning dead celebrities, with the late Nirvana frontman’s estate raking in $ 50 million U. S. in the past year.
The Forbes. com website ranks the incomes of 13 celebrities pushing up daisies, and proves that death need not be an obstacle to making money, with the group collectively earning $ 247 million in the last year.
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, whose cartoons are syn- dicated in thousands of newspapers worldwide, came third after his heirs earned $ 35 million, ahead of John Lennon with $ 24 million and Albert Einstein at $ 20 million. The German- born physicist’s earnings come from rights to use his famously unkempt image, and the Baby Einstein line of educational toys from Walt Disney.
Another cartoonist, Theodor Geisel, creator of the Dr. Seuss series, ranks seventh, one place behind Andy Warhol, but ahead of Ray Charles and Marilyn Monroe.
While Elvis, who has been dead for almost 30 years, slipped to No. 2 in the list for the first time since 2001, his estate still managed to earn $ 42 million in the past 12 months.
J. R. R. Tolkein, the creator of the Lord of the Rings epic, slid three places since last year. Next on the list is Johnny Cash, who pulled in $ 8 million for his heirs, while late Beatles guitarist George Harrison and reggae legend Bob Marley each earned $ 7 million.