The highest paid dead celebrities in the world

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By Nigel Boys

Apart from the obvious fact that they are instantly recognized by millions of people wherever they go, celebrities can do something else that the normal person might find it hard to achieve:  Make lots of money after they’re gone from this world.

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, the top of the list is Michael Jackson, who made around $200 million in 2012, an increase of $110 million from the previous year where he achieved third place. Beating Jackson to the top positions in 2011 were second placed, Rodgers & Hammerstein, who earned $235 million and Yves Saint Laurent, who made a whopping $350 million and easily took top position.

In second place for 2012 came the legendary King of Rock himself, Elvis Presley. Although his daughter, Lisa Marie sold off most of her father’s estate, including the famous Graceland residence, he still made around $60 million, which is an increase of $5million on 2011.

Marilyn Monroe came in third place for two consecutive years and her earnings stayed the same for 2011 and 2012, around $30 million.

Although he died over 12 years previously and most of his assets had been sold off in 2011 by his estate, Charles Schulz, the inventor of the comic strip “Peanuts” made around $26 million in 2012 to achieve 4th place. He made slightly more the previous year, about $35 million, but that is probably due to the sale of his assets.

John Lennon, former member of the famous British group, The Beatles, made about $15 million in each of the two years and achieved 5th and 7th place in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Star of the 1958 movie “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966, Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, who died in 2011, made the same money the year after she departed as her last year on earth, namely $13 million.

The four remaining members of the celebrity top ten deceased earners for 2012 included: Albert Einstein, who earned $12 million; Dr Suess around $11 million; Jimi Hendrix, $10 million; and the Swedish writer of the “Millennium trilogy” crime novels, Karl Stig-Erland Larsson, who earned approximately $9 million in 2012.


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