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Top earning Dead Celebrities by Forbes: See how much Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, XXXTentacion made

Each year, Forbes releases a list of the highest earning dead celebrities and this year’s list features 2 women with the King of Pop retaining the top position for the 7th year running. See full list 2019 below:


13  | GEORGE HARRISON: $9 million

Deceased: November 29, 2001

Cause of death: Cancer

He is a former member of the Beatles just like John Lennon.

12  | WHITNEY HOUSTON: $9.5 million

Deceased: February 11, 2012

Cause of death: Drowning

The sale of half of her estate and her music gets her on this list and she is the only black woman here.

11  | XXXTENTACION: $10 million

Deceased: June 18, 2018

Cause of death: Homicide

He is the most streamed dead celebrity in America.

10  | NIPSEY HUSSLE: $11 million

Deceased: March 31, 2019

Cause of death: Homicide

He was smart, very business savvy when he was alive and that still shows today with his records being streamed more than most artists dead or alive.


9  | PRINCE: $12 million

Deceased: April 21, 2016

Cause of death: Overdose

Three years after his death and Prince is still cashing out more than your favorite celebrity.

8  | MARILYN MONROE: $13 million

Deceased: August 5, 1962

Cause of death: Overdose

58 years after her death, brands are still flocking to be associated with Marilyn.


7  | JOHN LENNON: $14 million

Deceased: December 8, 1980

Cause of death: Homicide

The 50th anniversary of Abbey Road boosted streaming and digital albums sales with Lennon cashing out big.


6  | DR. SEUSS: $19 million

Deceased: September 24, 1991

Cause of death: Cancer

Licensing deals with Hallmark, Universal Studios and others are helping to rack in loads of money for his publishing empire.

5  | BOB MARLEY: $20 million

Deceased: May 11, 1981

Cause of death: Cancer

Thanks to almost a billion streams from the U.S alone and merchandise like headphones, speakers and turntables, Marley’s fortune is not going up in smoke anytime soon.


4  | ARNOLD PALMER: $30 million

Deceased: September 25, 2016

Cause of death: Heart Disease

This golfing legend is still cashing out thanks to partnerships with MasterCard, Rolex and Arizona beverage company.


3  | CHARLES SCHULZ: $38 million

Deceased: February 12, 2000

Cause of death: Cancer

Regarded as one if the most influential cartoonists of all time, he continues to cash in around his Peanuts franchise’s 70th anniversary.

2  | ELVIS PRESLEY: $39 million

Deceased: August 16, 1977

Cause of death: Heart Attack

Annually, over 500,000 people from around the world have to visited Graceland and continue to do so just to see where the legendary musician once lived and eventually died.

1  | MICHAEL JACKSON: $60 MILLION

Deceased: June 25, 2009

Cause of death: Overdose/Homicide

He is not called the King of Pop for nothing. This legend lives on and will continue to live on. With over 2.1 billion streams in America alone and a long term deal with Sony, this Legend will continue to live on.

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