Michael Jackson Leads Forbes' List Of Top Earning Dead Celebs
The late Michael Jackson is at the top of Forbes' list of Top Earning Dead Celebrities, pulling in approximately $160 million over the past year.
According to the mag, Jacko's massive earnings came from his two Cirque du Soleil shows: "Immortal," which has grossed over $300 million since opening last year; and "One," which opened at the Mandalay Bay in May. "One" is routinely sold out and features a hologram-like illusion of Jackson performing "Man in the Mirror" at the end of the show.
Jackson also sees revenue from his music and his half of the Sony/ATV catalog, which includes hits by the Beatles, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, among others.
Elvis Presley places second with $55 million, while Peanuts creator Charles Schultz took the third spot with $37 mil. Elizabeth Taylor ($25M) and Bob Marley ($18M) rounded out the top five.
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