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Michael Jackson tops dead rich list again

By | Published on Friday 25 October 2013

Michael Jackson

Having ‘lost out’ in 2012 to Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson has again been named the highest earner in the Forbes’ rich list I’d least like to feature on, that of bankable dead celebrities.

The late King Of Pop, who died in 2011, drew an estimated £98.8m in the past year, beating his living parallel, highest earning not-dead celebrity Madonna, who only made £77m.

The majority of Jackson’s posthumous income is thanks to Cirque Du Soleil’s two MJ tribute shows, ‘Immortal’ and ‘One’, whilst his estate also receives substantial earnings from his music (obviously) and his 50% stake in the Sony/ATV Lady Gaga/The Beatles/Taylor Swift-encompassing music publishing catalogue.

Find the full dead rich list, which includes Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, John Lennon, and a ‘new entry’ in Mexican-American singer Jenni Riveraon, who died last year in a plane crash, on the Forbes site.