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Top 13 Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities In The World: 2014 List

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The Prince Of Pop Michael Jackson tops highest-earning dead celebrities in the world list of 2014 by Forbes magazine, with an estimated $140 million in earnings over the last 12 months.

The King Of Rock And Roll died in 2009 from a drug overdose. He was 50 years old.

Coming in 2nd is Elvis Presleyy, who died in 1977, with more than $55 million, Cartoonist Charles Schulz ranks 3rd with $40 million, Elizabeth Taylor ranks 4th with $25 million in earnings.

And rounding out the top five is reggae singer Bob Marley with an estimated $20 million.

Here are the top 13 dead celebrities who earned serious cash in a combined $363.5 million in earnings.

13. James Dean: $ 7 million

9. Bettie Page: $9 million (Four-way tie)

9. Steve McQueen: $9 million (Four-way tie)

9. Bruce Lee: $9 million (Four-way tie)

9. Theodor Geisel: $9 million (Four-way tie).

8. Albert Einstein: $11 million

7. John Lennon: $12 million

6. Marilyn Monroe: $17 million

5. Bob Marley: $20 million

4. Elizabeth Taylor: $25 million

3. Charles Schulz: $40 million

2. Elvis Presley: $55 million

1.Michael Jackson: $140 million

Magazine compiled the list by talking to estate managers, lawyers and licensors and analyzing estimated posthumous earnings between October 2013-14.

As it turns out, being dead is pretty lucrative.


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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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