When Michael Jackson died in 2009, the financial story that unfolded was nothing short of a “Thriller” — the King of Pop’s estate has since pulled in more than $1 billion pretax, enough to pay off Jackson’s personal debts and then some. This year he again leads our Halloween-spooky list of top-earning dead celebrities, easily besting the likes of Elvis and Einstein. Read on to see the full list of 13.
1. Michael Jackson – $115 M
Died: June 25, 2009
The King of Pop has earned nine figures every full year since his death in 2009. The prime drivers of his afterlife fortune: permanent Vegas Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson One, the Mijac Music catalogue, music sales and half of the Sony/ATV publishing empire.