Michael Jackson, the late king of pop, has topped the Forbes highest-paid dead celebrities of 2023 list with an estimated $115 million in earnings.


The list, which was released on Tuesday, ranks the top 13 deceased celebrities based on their pretax earnings from sales, streams, licensing deals, and other sources of income between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.

It also includes their estate acquisitions made or announced during the same period.

This is the first time in four years that Jackson has held the top spot.


Elvis Presley, Jackson’s late father-in-law, came in second place with an estimated $100 million in earnings.

Other deceased celebrities who made the list include Prince, Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, and John Lennon.

The 13 late celebrities on Forbes’ 2023 list earned a rough estimate of $470 million during the past 12 months — a 70% decrease from that of last year.


See the list below:

  1. Michael Jackson (US singer) – $115 million
  2. Elvis Presley (US singer/actor) – $100 million
  3. Ray Manzarek (US keyboardist) – $45 million
  4. Dr. Seuss (US cartoonist) – $40 million
  5. Charles M. Schulz (US cartoonist) – $30 million
  6. Prince (US singer) – $30 million
  7. Whitney Houston (US singer) – $30 million
  8. John Lennon (British singer) – $22 million
  9. Bob Marley (Jamaican singer) – $16 million
  10. Bing Crosby (US singer) – $14 million
  11. George Harrison (British singer) – $14 million
  12. Arnold Palmer (US golfer) – $10 million
  13. Marilyn Monroe (US singer) – $10 million


Copyright 2024 TheCable. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from TheCable.

Follow us on twitter @Thecablestyle