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Ever wondered who was the highest paid dead performer last year? Forbes details the richest dead musicians, dead actors, and dead actresses. These celebrities continue to rack it in even though they are no longer here to spend it. The biggest benefactors of these famous people are the people running their collective estates. Year after year, they rake in the dough even though they aren't alive.

Who are the richest dead celebrities? Obviously, the big names at the top of this list should be of no surprise. Names like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe are at the top of this list. Are you really surprised? Think about all of the movies, music and merchandise these celebrities have sold. When you take that into account, these famous people are worth more dead than alive. 

Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Earning Dead Celebrities of the Year
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Made $160 million this year

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Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more

Credits: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory

Also Ranked

#5 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#24 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#2 on The Best Singers of All Time

#82 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Earning Dead Celebrities of the Year
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Made $55 million this year

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Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)

Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Soldier, Musician, Actor, Singer

Credits: Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas

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#7 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#3 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#70 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#4 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Charles M. Schulz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Earning Dead Celebrities of the Year
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Made $37 million this year

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Age: Died at 78 (1922-2000)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Writer, Artist

Credits: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Victory Through Air Power, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, + more

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Earning Dead Celebrities of the Year
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Made $25 million this year

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Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)

Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Credits: Giant, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Place in the Sun

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#10 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#56 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#26 on The Best Living English Actresses

#21 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

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