Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities

Saying someone is “worth more dead than alive” is a morbid statement that often rings truer than most mere mortals would like to contemplate. Each year Forbes lists its highest-earning dead celebrities and even though we’re listing them according to 2015’s top earners, that doesn’t mean these celebs aren’t earning major cash on a continuous, yearly basis. Whether it’s licensing deals, merchandising, film residuals, or album sales, these icons of pop culture are earning more from beyond the grave than most living people do — times 10.

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  1. Kevin • April 14, 2016 @ 1:24 PM

    I can’t understand why a dead Michael Jackson earned more than deceased Elvis Presley or John Lennon!

  2. Tamia Hunt • May 6, 2018 @ 4:59 PM

    Because he did so many things through his life and people still to this day buy his music half the children in the state might not even know who Elvis is.

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