Michael Jackson: Highest-Earning Dead Celebrity of 2013!

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Michael Jackson kills the competition when it comes to high-earning celebrities who are no longer among the living, according to a study by Forbes.

MJ earned a staggering $160 million in the last 12 months, nearly three times more than second-place Elvis and four times more than Charles Schulz.

Madonna was named the top earner on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list after raking in $125 million, but Jackson eclipsed even that from the great beyond.

Jackson reclaims the top spot from Elizabeth Taylor, who earned an estimated $210 million the previous year through various auctions. She's fourth in 2013.

The King of Pop made the majority of his earnings from two Cirque du Soliel shows, music sales and his ownership stake in Sony's publishing catalogue.

Here were the top seven deceased earners of 2013:

  1. Michael Jackson, $160 million
  2. Elvis Presley, $55 million
  3. Charles Schulz, $37 million
  4. Elizabeth Taylor, $25 million
  5. Bob Marley, $18 million
  6. Marilyn Monroe, $15 million
  7. John Lennon, $12 million
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Michael Jackson Biography

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Birthplace
Gary, Indiana
Full Name
Michael Joseph Jackson