Michael Jackson, late US singer and songwriter, has emerged the highest-earning dead celebrity for 2019 — and for the seventh year in a row.
According to Forbes, the late ‘King of Pop’ took the top spot after his estate made over $60 million in the last 12 months.
The result was arrived at by measuring the pretax income of dead celebrities for a period of one year — October 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019 — alongside data from Nielsen Music, IMDBPro and interviews with industry insiders.
“The King of Pop’s streaming surged despite recent controversy: 2.1 billion U.S. spins, up from 1.8 billion a year ago. With proceeds flowing from his Mijac Music catalog, a Las Vegas show and a long-term deal with Sony, he retains his postmortem cash crown for the seventh consecutive year,” Forbes said.
Elvis Presley, famous singer and actor, came second on the list with $39 million, while Charles Schulz, prominent cartoonist, secured third position with $38 million pretax income.
Bob Marley rounded out the top five after raking in over $20 million, while Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed earlier this year, was in 10th place with over $11 million.
This makes it the seventh time Jackson will emerge the highest earning celebrity in a spin.
Born on August 29, 1958 in the United States, Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home on north Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
His works have continued to be celebrated every year, while his ardent supporters also share fond memories of the late singer annually to commemorate his birthday.
Below are the highest-earning dead celebrities in 2019, according to Forbes:
- Michael Jackson: $60 million
- Elvis Presley: $39 million
- Charles Schulz: $38 million
- Arnold Palmer: $30 million
- Bob Marley: $20 million
- Dr. Seuss: $19 million
- John Lennon: $14 million
- Marilyn Monroe: $13 million
- Prince: $12 million
- Nipsey Hussle: $11 million
- Xxxtentacion: $10 million
- Whitney Houston: $9.5 million
- George Harrison: $9 million
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