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