Epic/Legacy RecordingsForbes has released its annual list of the highest-earning dead celebrities, and even after death, Michael Jackson is still hanging out with Elizabeth Taylor.
Taylor tops the 2012 list with an impressive $210 million in earnings, with the King of Pop coming in at #2 on the tally. Jackson earned $145 million in the past 12 months, thanks to revenues from his stake in the Sony/ATV publishing catalog, his own music, a Cirque du Soleil show bearing his name, and more.
Behind Jackson at #3 on the Forbes list is Elvis Presley, who earned a substantial $55 million. Bob Marley also made the top five, earning 17 million bucks. At #6 is John Lennon, who brought in $12 million posthumously. The tally is based on earnings for one year, starting in October 2011.
Here's the Forbes list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities in 2012:
1. Liz Taylor, $210 Million
2. Michael Jackson, $145 Million
3. Elvis Presley, $55 Million
4. Charles Schulz, $37 Million
5. Bob Marley, $17 Million
6. John Lennon, $12 Million
7. Marilyn Monroe, $10 Million
7. Albert Einstein, $10 Million
9. Dr. Seuss, $9 Million
10. Steve McQueen, $8 Million
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