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The 13 dead celebrities who made the most money in 2016


Nothing gets in the way of a celebrity payday. Not even death.

Forbes' list of the highest-paid dead celebrities, released Wednesday, shows many celebs earning more in death in a year than most people do in a lifetime. Here's how much went to each star's estate.

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FILE - In a Sept. 22, 1951 file photo, Elizabeth Taylor is shown at the premiere of "The Lady with the Lamp" at the Warner Theater in London. Publicist Sally Morrison says the actress died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 79. (AP Photo/File)

13. Elizabeth Taylor, actress ($8 million)

*All data by Forbes

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Actor Steve McQueen at Le Mans in France on April 13, 1970. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)

12. Steve McQueen, actor ($9 million)

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David Bowie Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) Season 12 April 21, 2004 Featuring: David Bowie When: 01 Jan 2004 Credit: **WENN does not claim any ownership including but not limited to Copyright or License in the attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, and do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright or License in the material. By publishing this material you expressly agree to indemnify and to hold WENN and its directors, shareholders and employees harmless from any loss, claims, damages, demands, expenses (including legal fees), or any causes of action or allegation against WENN arising out of or connected in any way with publication of the material.**

11. David Bowie, musician ($10.5 million)

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Bettie Page (WENN photo)

10. Bettie Page, model ($11 million)

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This undated file photo shows famed physicist Albert Einstein. Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, the world's largest physics lab, say they have clocked subatomic particles, called neutrinos, traveling faster than light, a feat that, if true, would break a fundamental pillar of science, the idea that nothing is supposed to move faster than light, at least according to Einstein's special theory of relativity: The famous E (equals) mc2 equation. That stands for energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. The readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to independently verify the measurements before claiming an actual discovery. (AP Photo)

9. Albert Einstein, scientist ($11.5 million)

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FILE - In this May 13, 1968 file photo, John Lennon is seen at a news conference at the Americana Hotel in New York. (AP Photo/John Lindsay, file)

8. John Lennon, musician ($12 million)

Expect to see the Beatles again on this list. Foreshadowing.

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American author, artist and publisher Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, speaks in Dallas, Texas, on April 3, 1987. (AP Photo)

7. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss ($20 million)

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Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley is shown performing in 1979. The location is not known. (AP Photo)

6. Bob Marley, musician ($21 million)


5. Prince, musician ($25 million)

**FILE** Elvis Presley sings during a concert in this 1973 file photo. Presley fans will soon have a place in the islands to fondly remember why they couldn't help falling in love with the star of "Blue Hawaii." Wearing his signature flare-legged, big-collared, bejeweled and strategically snug ensemble, the King will reappear in the islands in the form of a life-sized bronze statue marking the site of his historic 1973 concert "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii." (AP Photo)

4. Elvis Presley, musician ($27 million)

Arnold Palmer acknowledges the gallery before the ceremonial first tee before the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

3. Arnold Palmer, golfer ($40 million)

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Cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz, 1978. (AP Photo)

2. Charles Schulz, cartoonist and creator of "Peanuts" ($48 million)

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Michael Jackson performing during his 'Dangerous' Tour at Wembley Stadium Featuring: Michael Jackson Where: London, England, United Kingdom When: 21 Aug 1992 Credit: Rudi Keuntje/Future Image/ **Not available for publication in Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia**

1. Michael Jackson, musician ($825 million)

Apparently buying the Beatles' discography for $47.5 million in 1985 was a good idea. 

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