Richest Dead Celebrities

Forbes has released their 10th annual ranking of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. To no surprise, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson made more money over the past year than any other musician or actor, dead or alive.


Check out the list of the top 13 richest dead celebrities below (earnings estimated from October 1, 2009 – October 1, 2010):

1. Michael Jackson $275 million

2. Elvis Presley $60 million

3. J.R.R. Tolkien $50 million

4. Charles Shultz $33 million

5. John Lennon $17 million

6. Stieg Larsson $15 million

7. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) $11 million

8. Albert Einstein $10 million

9. George Steinbrenner $8 million

10. Richard Rodgers $7 million

11. Jimi Hendrix $6 million

11. Steve McQueen $6 million

13. Aaron Spelling $5 million

According to, the list rankings were determined by the following: “To place on this year’s list, a deceased celebrity needed to earn at least $5 million between Oct. 1, 2009, and Oct. 1, 2010. For the most part, earnings come from things like music royalties (John Lennon), book sales (Dr. Seuss) or the licensing of one’s image and likeness (McQueen). To compile the list, we spoke to agents, lawyers and other sources to estimate a star’s gross earnings (before taxes, management fees and other costs).”

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