They claim, “You can’t take it with you.” Well Michael Jackson is proving that the old saying wrong, as he continues to ‘make that guap’ from beyond the grave.
Forbes has released it’s ‘Top 13 highest Paid Dead Celebrities’ list and Jackson-- with $75 million is the top money maker for the 5th year in a row.
Boosted by the CBS Halloween special ‘Michael Jackson Halloween,’ the new album ‘Scream,’ a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalogue, Jackson’s empire continues to grow.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer takes the No. 2 spot with $40 million. AriZona Beverages produces 400 million cans of its Arnold Palmer line annually and more than 400 stores still sell Palmer-branded apparel in Asia.
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranks third with income of $38 million—MetLife recently retired Snoopy and Charlie Brown from its ad campaigns, but the cartoonist’s contract does not expire until 2019.
Elvis Presley is fourth with $35 million, up from last year’s $27 million sum thanks to the new $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex and recently-opened hotel The Guesthouse at Graceland.
And Bob Marley comes in at number five with $23 million in earnings. boosted by sustainability-focused House of Marley audio products and the Marley Beverage Co.
Rounding out the list:
6. Tom Petty: $20M
7. Prince: $18M
8. Dr. Suess: $16M
9. John Lennon: $12M
10. Albert Einstein: $10
11. David Bowie: $9.5M
12. Elizabeth Taylor: $8M
13: Bettie Page: $7.5M