Forbes 5 highest Paid dead celebrities list and earnings

Forbes 5 highest Paid dead celebrities list and earnings

When they were still alive, some Celebrities were serious money makers who unfailingly pulled in millions of dollars each year. And several of these Top stars held the world captive with their abilities, making such an impact on fans, that even after their deaths, their legacy continued to wax strong, and their estates still made the kind of money it did during their lifetime —and sometimes even more. Even now,  some of them are the highest paid entertainers in the world.

Yes, these celebs are gone for good, but in many cases, their work continues to touch old and new fans worldwide.
And I must say that no other artiste has influenced music,entertainment and popular culture like the number one celeb on this list:

Highest paid celebrities who are dead

1. Michael Jackson – $400 million

Michael Jackson highest paid Celebrity

He is widely regarded the world’s greatest ever entertainer. Sadly,  this music legend has been dead for over ten years now, notwithstanding, the King of Pop is still topping the list of Forbes highest-earning dead celebrities of 2019.

Michael achieved so much during his life. The fact that no other showbiz figure has come even close  to his achievements, resulted in the Guinness book of world records awarding him with the incredible title of world’s most successful entertainer.  His album Thriller is still the Highest selling album of all time, with worldwide sales of almost 100 thousand copies.
His influence created major brands and trends. His emergence as an entertainment Icon in the early 80s helped make music powerhouse MTV popular. He is also the first artiste in history to to have five number one singles in a single album, according to Billboard Hot 100.  That was from his 1987  album Bad. 
After winning a record 26 American music awards, 13 Grammy awards, a Grammy artiste of the century award, and numerous other accolades, It’s not hard to see why this amazing entertainer is still breaking records years after his death. 
It’s truly amazing that Jackson’s estate has earned more than 400 million dollars this year. And what’s even more remarkable?  Six years in a row he has topped Forbes dead celebrity richest list. The lucrative year was boosted by an animated Halloween special on CBS, a new compilation album released last month and an ongoing Cirque de Soleil tribute show, among other business ventures.
In the year 2016 alone, the King of pop Michael Jackson made history when he earned $825million. This is the highest ever annual  earnings of any entertainer in history—alive or dead.
When he died,  he owed millions in debt,  but recently his estate underwent a $1 billion turnaround. According to reports by Billboard, It went from $500 million in debt to $500 million in cash surplus. And one thing remains clear;  In the coming decades,  Michael’s legacy will still be rolling in the cash. 
Now, Onto The Other dead celebrities who made the top five list.
2. Elvis Presley
Singer Elvis Presley highest paid dead celebrities

The King who died suddenly in 1977, comes in second this year on the list of highest paid dead celebrities, with $40million earned. He still sells tons of albums yearly, and continues to attract fans to his famous Graceland home 40 years after his death. Always a big money puller when he was alive, Elvis fans continue to grow every year and he makes more now dead than he did when he was alive.

3. Arnold Palmer.
The legendary athlete who is considered by many the greatest ever to grace a golf course, passed away three years ago, but still earned $35 million this year. He earned this impressive total through golf apparel and Arizona beverages. Palmer died at the age of 87 after amassing an impressive haul of trophies and etching his legacy in stone.
4. Charles Schulz.
The man who created the beloved cartoon Character Peanuts, as well as Charlie Brown and Snoopy amongst other notable characters, is still pulling in some serious cash. The iconic cartoonist earned $34 million with MetLife using his characters in their advertisements.
Schulz who died back in 2000 at the age of 77, Is seen by many as the most influential cartoonist in history.

5. Bob Marley

Bob Marley highest paid dead celebrities

Singer songwriter,Poet and Philosopher Bob Marley is the man reputed for putting Jamaican native music Reggae on the map. The dreadlock Master’s estate earned $23 million from having his likeness used on audio products and beverages. Still a powerful influence and inspiration to many, Marley’s legacy lives on stronger than ever even though he died way back in 1981, aged 36 years old.

The Trenchtown, Kingston native is one of the biggest pop culture icons of the last 80 years.

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Let’s take a big leap and check out Another late celebrity who made the list. The only scientist in the top 10 last year is Time’s man of the Millennium Albert Einstein cames in with an impressive $10 million.  But the genius physicist dropped out of the top 10 this year. 
The respected and revered Genius whose estate earned millions last year,  got this cash total from companies that use his one of a kind likeness on an array of products.
You have to remember that Einstein died way back in 1955. So it’s amazing how much money his estate still makes today. 
Another notable mention this year is Late boxer Muhammad Ali. The iconic fighter’s estate made a decent $8 million, and earned him a spot at number 12 on the highest paid dead celebrities list.

Here is number six to ten highest earning dead celebrities

6. Dr. Seuss- Author –               $16 million

7. Hugh Hefner- Personality-  $15 Million

8. Marilyn Monroe- Actress-   $14 million

9. Prince – Musician                  $13 million

10 John Lennon_ Musician-    $12million


Here is a recap of the 10 highest earning dead celebrities this year

  1. Micheal Jackson
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Arnold Palmer
  4. Charles Schulz
  5. Bob Marley
  6. Dr.  Seuss
  7. Hugh Hefner
  8. Marilyn Monroe
  9. Prince
  10. John Lennon

What an impressive list names and impressive earnings by some of the world’s greatest ever celebs. I bet the list would be different next year, with new additions as well as the usual suspects. Two things are for certain though,  some of these stars make more money now than they did when they were alive. And the King of Pop Michael Jackson earns more than almost any other living celebrity today. How’s that for incredible?

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