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Late King Of Pop, Michael Jackson Tops 2018’s Highest Earning Celebrities List

Late King Of Pop, Michael Jackson Tops 2018's Highest Earning Celebrities List

Michael Jackson has been named the top-earning dead celebrity for the sixth year in a row.

The late King of Pop’s estate raked in £313 million over the past year, partly down to the sale of his EMI Music Publishing stake, according to Forbes

Other lucrative projects for the singer’s estate included a TV special, Michael Jackson‘s Halloween, and a new Sony record deal.

Jackson, who died in 2009 following an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol, has now made £1.8 billion in earnings since he died. 

Elvis Presley comes second on the list, measuring pre-tax earnings of £31 million between 1 October, 2017 and 1 October, 2018.

The late singer, who died in 1977 aged 42, made the huge sums thanks to music sales, tickets to Graceland and a new entertainment complex called Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Golfer Arnold Palmer was third with £27 million, Charlie Brown cartoonist Charles Schulz was fourth with £26 million, and singer Bob Marley was fifth with £18 million.

Author Dr Seuss was sixth with £12 million, slightly ahead of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (£11.7 million), who died last year at the age of 91.

Iconic actor Marilyn Monroe was in eighth, returning her to the list with earnings of £11 million as a result of new deals, including one with Montblanc pens.

Music stars Prince and The Beatles’ John Lennon were next on Forbes’ list, with earnings of £10 million and £9 million respectively. The rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in Florida in June aged 20, was a new entry at 11th place, making £8.5 million in the past year.

The list was rounded out by boxer Muhammad Ali (£6 million) and model Bettie Page (£5 million).