Do you want to know which deceased celebrities made the most money? Even if famous people have long since passed away, their reputation and legacy still bring in a sizable sum of money.
There is no denying that some well-known deceased celebrities, like Michael Jackson, continue to attract money even after their passing. This is demonstrated by a recent Forbes magazine list titled "The highest-paid dead celebrities."
This ranking of deceased celebrities was created using data from organizations that gather market data, like MRC Data and IMDbPro, as well as from conversations with business leaders and, of course, Forbes.
10. Prince – $10 million
21st of April, 2016 (57)
The High Priest of Pop can still move the music, despite the fact that Paisley Park never achieved Graceland levels of success. The Purple One sold nearly 700,000 equivalent records this year in the US alone.
9. John Lennon – $13 million
eighteenth of December 1980 (40)
Penny Lane still generates substantial revenue from the Beatles' songs forty years after John Lennon's assassination. The late John Lennon also received money whenever one of his songs was played on television or in a movie thanks to a co-authorship credit on the Fab Four's most well-known tracks.
8. $14 million for Bob Marley
eleventh of May 1981 (36)
Bob Marley must be among the top ten highest-paid celebs, without a doubt. This year, the reggae legend's audio streams skyrocketed; he amassed over a billion spins worldwide.
More than $3 million was added to House of Marley's revenue through the sale of T-shirts and lighters bearing his likeness in addition to its line of speakers, record players, and headphones.
7. Juice WRLD – $15 million
Passing away: December 8, 2019 (21)
Rapper Jarad Higgins, also known as "Juice WRLD" in the entertainment industry, witnessed a surge in music streams following his passing in December of last year, just nine months after the release of his second album, Death Race for Love.
Since then, he has been among the highest-paid dead celebrities in the world. His third album, Legends Never Die, which was released posthumously, peaked at number one on the Billboard charts.
6. Kobe Bryant – $20 million
the 26th day of January 2020 (41)
Reason: Helicopter mishap
Nike discontinued its Kobe Bryant goods after the Lakers legend passed away in a helicopter crash in January. His autobiography, which sold more than 300,000 copies this year, also came under fire from fans.
5. Elvis Presley: $23,000,000
Demise: 16 August 1977 (42)
Heart attack as a cause
Elvis's kingdom was impacted by the fatal coronavirus. Presley regularly makes more than $10 million from his home-turned-museum, Graceland, but it was shuttered for two months this year and is now operating at a reduced capacity.
4. Arnold Palmer, $25,000,000
Demise: 25 September 2016 (87)
Heart disease is to blame.
Covid-19 may have cut the golf season short, but Arnie's Army is still sipping it. Millions of dollars are generated by The King's contract with Arizona Beverages for its lemonade iced tea beverage of the same name, which is supported by an agreement with MasterCard and hundreds of stores selling Arnold Palmer brand goods throughout Asia.
3. Charles M. Schulz – $ 32.5 million
the 12th of February 2000 (77)
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang are barely entertaining. Schulz's estate made more than $110 million in revenue for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2020. Apple TV +, Snoopy in Space, and timeless films like A Charlie Brown Christmas provide some of that.
2. Dr. Seuss – $33 million
the 24th of September 1991 (87)
Due to a string of seven-figure film and television deals, Dr. Seuss is the second highest paid deceased celebrity in the world, making Seussville a significantly wealthier neighborhood. However, Dr. Seuss's books continue to be one of his top revenue generators, selling close to 6 million in the US this year.
1. Michael Jackson – $48 million
Demise: 25 June 2009 (50)
Overdose/homicide as the root cause
The scathing documentary Leaving Neverland's 2019 release did not result in the King of Pop losing his throne. More than 70% of Jackson's income comes from his Mijac Music portfolio, which includes songs by Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley, as well as a long-term contract with Sony.
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