expert The Top Earning Dead Celebrities of the Year  

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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

Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Also Ranked

#57 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#64 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#97 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#38 on Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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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

Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)

Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

Also Ranked

#17 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#24 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#42 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#4 on The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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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

Age: Died at 78 (1922-2000)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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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

Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)

Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

Also Ranked

#56 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#18 on The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

#20 on The Best English Actresses of All Time

#11 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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