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FULL LIST: Michael Jackson Named Forbes’ Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity of 2023

Michael Jackson, the late king of music, has topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid dead celebrities of 2023, earning an estimated $115 million.

The list, published on Tuesday, ranks the top 13 deceased celebrities according to their pretax profits from sales, streams, licensing deals, and other sources of income between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.

It also covers any estate purchases made or announced during the same time period.

Jackson has held the top rank for the first time in four years.

Elvis Presley, Jackson’s late father-in-law, finished second, earning an estimated $100 million.

Prince, Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, and John Lennon are among the other deceased luminaries on the list.

The 13 late celebrities on Forbes’ 2023 list earned an estimated $470 million in the previous 12 months, a 70% reduction from the previous 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

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