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Postmortem Millionaires: Forbes Lists 15 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

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Forbes just published its list of the 15 top-earning dead celebrities, and to no one’s surprise, the King of Pop took the top spot, earning $170 million over the past 12 months from his estate’s music sale and share of Sony/ATV. Household names in pop culture like John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor also made the list. After the cut, check out the full Forbes list in rank order.

1. Michael Jackson (2009): $170 million
2. Elvis Presley (1977): $55 million
3. Marilyn Monroe (1962): $27 million
4. Charles Schulz (2000): $25 million
5. [Tie] John Lennon (1980): $12 million
5. [Tie] Elizabeth Taylor (2011): $12 million
7. Albert Einstein (1955): $10 million
8. Theodor Geisel (1991): $9 million
9. [Tie] Jimi Hendrix (1970): $7 million
9. [Tie] Stieg Larsson (2004): $7 million
9. [Tie] Steve McQueen (1980): $7 million
9. [Tie] Richard Rodgers (1979): $7 million
13. [Tie] George Harrison (2001): $6 million
13. [Tie] Bettie Page (2008): $6 million
13. [Tie] Andy Warhol (1987): $6 million

Are you surprised by any names in the Forbes list?