Michael’s money

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He’s no longer with us but he’s still bring­ing in the bucks. His es­tate earned its big­gest haul ever in 2016 – a mas­sive $825 mil­lion (R12,2 bil­lion) – due to the $750 mil­lion (R11,1 bil­lion) sale of his half of the Sony/ATV pub­lish­ing cat­a­logue, which in­cluded mu­sic by The Bea­tles. Last year his es­tate earned a more mod­est $75 mil­lion (R1,1 bil­lion), which was still enough to put him in Forbes’ top spot of top-earn­ing dead celebri­ties for 2017, ahead of Elvis Pres­ley and Bob Mar­ley. His earn­ings were boosted by a Hal­loween spe­cial and a Cirque du Soleil show.

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