Ever wondered who was the highest paid dead performer last year? Forbes details the richest deceased musicians, actors, and 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 Arnold Palmer 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.
Made $400 million this year.
Age: Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
Made $40 million last year.
Age: Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
Made $35 million last year.
Age: Dec. at 78 (1922-2000)
Birthplace: Minneapolis, USA, Minnesota
Made $34 million this year.
Age: Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)
Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom