Late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication (overdose) at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles On June 25, 2009 has topped this year’s Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities for the seventh year in a row, earning up-to $60million since October 2018.
According to the list published this week, Michael Jackson’s music streams which was 1.8 billion last year increased to 2.1 billion in the US. His Mijac Music catalog, Sony deal, and a Las Vegas show have also continued to contribute to his fortune.
American rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered on March 31, made the list at on the No. 10 spot making upto $11 million. He most of the money from the rights to his music as his songs were streamed 1.85 billion times, the third-most of any act on the list. He also ran a clothing company, Marathon Clothing, during his life, though it’s unknown how much the money made from his clothing business made up his earning in the last 12 months.
Forbes’ 13 highest-earning dead celebrities
Michael Jackson – Musician (overdose/homicide) June 25, 2009: $60million
Elvis – Musician (heart attack) August 16, 1977: $39million
Charles Schultz – Cartoonist (cancer) February 12, 2000: $38million
Arnold Palmer – Golfer (heart disease) September 25, 2016: $30million
Bob Marley – Musician (cancer) May 11, 1981: $20million
Dr. Seuss – Author (cancer) September 24, 1991: $19million
John Lennon – Musician (homicide) December 8, 1980: $14million
Marilyn Monroe – Actress (overdose) August 5, 1962: $13million
Prince – Musician (overdose) April 21, 2016: $12million
Nipsey Hussle – Musician (homicide) March 31, 2019: $11million
XXXtentacion – Musician (homicide) June 18, 2018: $10million
Whitney Houston – Musician (drowning) February 11, 2012: $9.5million
George Harrison – Musician (cancer) November 29, 2001: $9million