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Friday, November 1, 2019

Michael Jackson tops Forbes' list of highest-earning dead celebrities for the seventh year in a row (See full list)

Michael Jackson tops Forbes

Late Pop King, Michael Jackson, who died in 2009 of homicide involving a combination of drugs, has topped the Forbes' list of highest-earning dead celebrities for the seventh year in a row, raking in $60million since October 2018.


In the list published this week, Michael Jackson's music streams increased to 2.1 billion in the US, compared to 1.8 billion the year before. His Mijac Music catalog, Sony deal, and a Las Vegas show have also continued to contribute to his fortune.

American rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on March 31, also made it to the list at the No. 10 spot with $11 million. 

The publication notes that "The Life" hitmaker netted most of the money from the rights to his music as his songs were streamed 1.85 billion times, the third-most of any act on the list. He also ran a clothing company, Marathon Clothing, during his life, though it's unknown how much the money made from his clothing business made up his earning in the last 12 months.

Check out Forbes' 13 highest-earning dead celebrities

Michael Jackson – Musician (overdose/homicide) June 25, 2009: $60million
Elvis – Musician (heart attack) August 16, 1977: $39million
Charles Schultz – Cartoonist (cancer) February 12, 2000: $38million
Arnold Palmer – Golfer (heart disease) September 25, 2016: $30million
Bob Marley – Musician (cancer) May 11, 1981: $20million
Dr. Seuss - Author (cancer) September 24, 1991: $19million
John Lennon – Musician (homicide) December 8, 1980: $14million
Marilyn Monroe – Actress (overdose) August 5, 1962: $13million
Prince – Musician (overdose) April 21, 2016: $12million
Nipsey Hussle – Musician (homicide) March 31, 2019: $11million
XXXtentacion – Musician (homicide) June 18, 2018: $10million
Whitney Houston – Musician (drowning) February 11, 2012: $9.5million
George Harrison – Musician (cancer) November 29, 2001: $9million

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