Michael Jackson Is the Top-Earning Dead Celebrity — Five Years Running
The late King of Pop earned $75 million between October 2016 and October 2017
Michael Jackson was crowned king again — this time as the highest-earning deceased celebrity of this year.
The late King of Pop earned $75 million between October 2016 and October 2017, according to Forbes’ Top-Earning Dead Celebrities of 2017 list — Jackson’s fifth consecutive time topping the list.
This year, Jackson’s earnings were attributed to an hour-long Halloween special on CBS called Michael Jackson’s Halloween, which aired this past weekend, and a new album. Last year, he pulled in a reported $825 million, according to Forbes, “the highest annual total for any entertainer dead or alive,” thanks to the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue.When Jackson died in 2009, he was worth an estimated $500 million, according to the IRS (though his estate disputed that number and said he was actually worth $2,105).
Jackson was followed by the recently deceased golf legend Arnold Palmer, who died last year. Palmer earned $40 million last year as more than 400 stores still sell his apparel and his namesake drink products continue to be popular. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz rounded out the top three, earning $38 million last year, according to Forbes.
Here’s the full list:
- Michael Jackson—$75 million
- Arnold Palmer—$40 million
- Charles Schulz—$38 million
- Elvis Presley—$35 million
- Bob Marley—$23 million
- Tom Petty—$20 million
- Prince—$18 million
- Dr. Seuss—$16 million
- John Lennon—$12 million
- Albert Einstein—$10 million
- David Bowie—$9.5 million
- Elizabeth Taylor—$8 million
- Bettie Page—$7.5 million
Forbes’ list measures pretax income from Oct. 15, 2016 through Oct. 15, 2017.
This article originally appeared on Time.com