Michael Jackson Tops Forbes ‘Highest Earning Corpse’ List

Posted on October 26, 2011


Forbes reports that over the past 12 months, Jackson’s estate brought in $170 million from sales of his music and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog.

That’s a big drop from the $275 million Jackson earned in the previous 12 months but it’s still enough to make him the second highest-earning pop act over the past year, dead or alive, after U2.

While we can’t help wishing U2 were on this list, you can check out the top 6 here.

1. Michael Jackson: $170 million
2. Elvis Presley: $55 million
3. Marilyn Monroe: $27 million
4. Charles Schultz: $25 million
5. [tie] John Lennon: $12 million
6. [tie] Liz Taylor: $12 million

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