Death Becomes Them: Forbes Releases List of 2013 – 2014 Top Earning Dead Celebrities

It’s my favorite time of the year again – no, not Halloween, but the time when Forbes releases its list of the top earning dead celebrities for the past year.

Based on revenues generated between October 2013 and October 2014, the estate of Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009, remained at the #1 spot as the top earning dead celebrity for the second year straight, bringing in $140 million (down from $160 million in 2012 – 2013, but still enough to keep the #1 spot by $85 million). What’s so impressive about Mr. Jackson’s estate is that it brought in the same amount as the estates of the next four dead celebrities combined. In addition, Mr. Jackson’s estate brought in $10 million more than the 2013 – 2014 top two earning living actors (Robert Downey Jr., $75 million, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $55 million).

And now, without further ado, here is the list of the top money-making dead celebrities ranked in order of earnings from October 2013 through October 2014:

  1. Michael Jackson – $140 million, down from $160 million last year (date of death June 25, 2009)
  2. Elvis Presley – $55 million, the same as last year (date of death August 16, 1977)
  3. Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts comics – $40 million, up from $37 million last year (date of death February 12, 2000)
  4. Elizabeth Taylor – $25 million, the same as last year (date of death March 23, 2011)
  5. Bob Marley – $20 million, up from $18 million last year (date of death May 11, 1981)
  6. Marilyn Monroe – $17 million, up from $15 million last year (date of death August 5, 1962)
  7. John Lennon – $12 million, the same as last year (date of death December 8, 1980)
  8. Albert Einstein – $11 million, up from $10 million last year (date of death April 18, 1955)
  9. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss (tie) – $9 million, the same as last year (date of death September 24, 1991)
  10. Bruce Lee (tie) – $9 million, up from $7 million last year (date of death July 20, 1973)
  11. Steve McQueen (tie) – $9 million, the same as last year (date of death November 7, 1980)
  12. Bettie Page (tie) – $9 million, down from $10 million last year (date of death December 11, 2008)
  13. James Dean – $7 million, Mr. Dean’s estate did not make the list last year (date of death September 30, 1955)

Falling off the list this year was singer Jenni Rivera, who died on December 9, 2012, and whose estate earned $7 million last year.

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