Michael Jackson is the top earning celebrity, dead or alive. The King of Pop’s estate pulled in an estimated $160 million between October 2012 and June 2013, beating the runner-up (Madonna) by $35 million, reports Forbes.
Jackson’s earnings come from various sources including two Cirque du Soleil shows performing his hits – one that tours and another that has a residency at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. His holdings in Sony/ATV, record and merchandise sale, and more also helped pushed him to the top spot.
Other deceased earners on the list include Elvis Presley ($55 million), Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ($37 million), actress Elizabeth Taylor ($25 million) and Bob Marley ($18 million).