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Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbes

Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:29 pm

NEW YORK — Michael Jackson’s sudden death sparked an outpouring of grief around the world, but fans also opened their wallets to make him this year’s top-earning dead celebrity with $275 million, Forbes said on Monday.

Jackson raked in more than the combined total of the other 12 celebrities on the list, Forbes magazine said. He was ranked third on last year’s list with $90 million.

Elvis Presley came in second, earning $60 million from admissions to his former home, Graceland, which is now a museum and tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee, a Cirque de Soleil show and more than 200 licensing and merchandise deals.

"Jackson’s spot atop our top earning dead celebrities list should come as no surprise given the renewed fan interest in music, videos and all things Michael Jackson," said Forbes writer Lacey Rose.

Jackson was 50 when he died in his Los Angeles home on June 25 last year, shortly before a planned series of comeback concerts in London. The singer left behind three children and a debt of $500 million.

But his estate has generated millions since his death, mostly through record sales, the "This Is It" concert movie, licensing rights, deals to release new albums and a Cirque du Soleil stage show in Las Vegas.

"Thanks to a lucrative catalog, hit film and album sales, the late king of pop earned more in the last year than Lady Gaga, Madonna and Jay-Z, combined," said Rose.

Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is awaiting trial on a charge that he is responsible for the singer’s death by administering a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep.


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"The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien, whose trilogy of novels was made into films by director Peter Jackson, came in at No. 3 on the Forbes list with earnings of $50 million, while Charles Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, came in fourth with $33 million.

Former Beatle John Lennon, who would have turned 70 this year, was ranked No. 5 with an income of $17 million.

"Many of the deceased icons on our list offer the marketing community name recognition, broad cultural appeal and, unlike their living counterparts, an indelible image that can’t be damaged by a rehab stint or tabloid story," Rose said.

Presley, Tolkien, Schulz and Lennon all appeared on last year’s list, which was topped by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent with $350 million after the sale of much of his estate. But Saint Laurent dropped off the list this year along with author Michael Crichton an artist Andy Warhol.

Along with Jackson, newcomers to this year’s list included Yankees baseball team owner George Steinbrenner at No. 9 with $8 million, and Swedish author Stieg Larsson, who wrote the popular mystery Millennium Trilogy novels that began with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," at No. 6 with $18 million.

A deceased celebrity needed to earn at least $5 million between Oct. 1, 2009 and Oct. 1, 2010 to make this year’s list, Forbes said. The magazine spoke to agents, lawyers and other sources to estimate annual gross earnings.








The top 10 Earners:

1.Michael Jackson

2.Elvis Presley

3.J.R.R. Tolkien

4.Charles Schulz

5.John Lennon

6.Stieg Larsson

7.Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)

8.Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein

9.George Steinbrenner

10.Richard Rodgers

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:55 am

MJ was something else, BUT he was no ELVIS & he wasn't THE King.
Time eventually sets the records straight. Our boy has been on that list for how long now?

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:54 am

Here's the full list with $ values:

1. Michael Jackson [performer] = $275m

2. Elvis Presley [performer] = $60m

3.J.R.R. Tolkien [author] = $50m

4. Charles Schulz [cartoonist] = $33m

5. John Lennon [performer] = $17m

6. Stieg Larsson [author] = $15

7. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) [author] = $11m

8. Albert Einstein [scientist] = $10m

9.George Steinbrenner [sports franchise owner] = $8m

10. Richard Rodgers [composer] = $7m

11. [Tie] Jimi Hendrix [performer] & Steve McQueen [actor] = $6m [each]

13. Aaron Spelling [TV producer] = $5m

And remember, most of the performer royalties Elvis 'earns' from his record sales don't get included in his figure because they are kept by Sony & not passed to his estate.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll’s income ballooned to $60 million, up $5 million from last year, thanks to Graceland admissions and the Elvis Presley Cirque du Soleil spectacular launched in Las Vegas earlier this year.
His portfolio of more than 200 licensing and merchandise deals got a nice boost from the late star's 75th birthday celebration.

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:17 am

I'm interested to see what these figures look like over the next 2 years... Elvis' estate has been earning $35-50 million each year since the early 90's... and possibly earlier but I can't find any data prior to that...

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:00 am

If you check, Jackson's estate was paid $250 million last year from Sony for his music. If you take that payment away he made $25 million compared to Elvis' $60 million. Remember he's only been dead 1 year. Elvis has been gone for over 33 years!!

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:41 pm

I don't really care of MJ is top winner now,like that matters after all.
Elvis has been reigning for the last zillion years in records,let others have a shot,who cares it is still minor compared to Elvis his legacy.
And i would like to see that Elvis fans also grow up a bit instead of making a big point that Elvis is not nr #1 at a certain moment. :roll:

Like Elvis himelf said many times: There is room for everyone in ths business,don't make a fuzz whois nr. #1.

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:28 am

moffringa wrote:I don't really care of MJ is top winner now,like that matters after all.
Elvis has been reigning for the last zillion years in records,let others have a shot,who cares it is still minor compared to Elvis his legacy.
And i would like to see that Elvis fans also grow up a bit instead of making a big point that Elvis is not nr #1 at a certain moment. :roll:

Like Elvis himelf said many times: There is room for everyone in ths business,don't make a fuzz whois nr. #1.


Relax moffringa, I was just making a statement!

Oh yeah, you grow up!! :P :lol: :roll: :P :P :lol:

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:56 pm

Mitch wrote:If you check, Jackson's estate was paid $250 million last year from Sony for his music.
If you take that payment away he made $25 million compared to Elvis' $60 million.
Remember he's only been dead 1 year.
Elvis has been gone for over 33 years!!


At the end of October, 2011, we'll get an update to the list for the next year.

That will make interesting reading !

Re: Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity : Forbe

Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:56 pm

MJ will win again.