Michael Jackson out-earned every living celebrity in 2016

The “King of Pop”, dead since 2009, earned $825 million in 2016 and according to Forbes’ list of top-earning dead celebrities, he beat the rest by a country mile.

In fact, Jacko’s earnings set a record for any annual take for any celebrity, dead or alive, according to the magazine. Most of the money is attributable to the sale of his Sony/ATV music-publishing catalog: $750 million!

Following Jackson in the “dead celebrities” list is Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, who earned $48 million despite having died in 2000. Coming in third is recently deceased golf great Arnold Palmer with $40 million. The always-present Elvis was fourth and Prince completed the top 5.

 

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