Michael Jackson Tops Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrities

Michael Jackson has once again topped Forbes’ annual list of the year’s top-earning deceased celebrities.

The late King of Pop was estimated to have accumulated $170 million in earnings over the past year. This marks the second consecutive year MJ has topped the list — between October 2010 and Oct. 2011 his estate brought in a staggering $275 million.

Aside from his storied catalog, The King of Pop’s estate also benefited from the Cirque du Soleil theatrical production ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,’ which is based on his life.

Elvis Presley’s Cirque du Soleil show ‘Viva Elvis’ helped him to second on the list with a posthumous fortune of $55 million in the past year, and the estates of Beatles legends John Lennon and George Harrison – who placed fifth and 13th respectively – also benefited from similar productions.

Full list of Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrities:

1. Michael Jackson $170 million

2. Elvis Presley $55 million

3. Marilyn Monroe $27 million

4. Charles Schulz $25 million

5. John Lennon $12 million

5. Elizabeth Taylor $12 million

7. Albert Einstein $10 million

8. Theodor Geisel $9 million

9. Jimi Hendrix $7 million

9. Stieg Larsson $7 million

9. Steve McQueen $7 million

9. Richard Rodgers $7 million

13. George Harrison $6 million

13. Bettie Page $6 million

13. Andy Warhol $6 million

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