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Michael Jackson Tops Forbes 2023 Highest-paid Dead Celebrity list (See Full list)

The late American singer, Michael Jackson known as the ‘King of Pop’, according to Forbes magazine’s 2023 annual list released on Tuesday, has emerged as the world’s highest-paid dead celebrity.

Jackson as seen on the list, had earnings estimated at $115 million. This is the first time in four years that Jackson has claimed the top spot.

Following closely behind is Jackson’s late father-in-law, Elvis Presley, who came second place with an estimated $100 million in earnings.

Other deceased celebrities such as Bob Marley, Prince, John Lennon, and Whitney Houston made it to the top 13 list, collectively amassing approximately $470 million in earnings over the past year.

It is worth mentioning that this figure reflects a significant 70% decrease compared to 2022.

TheCity is of the understanding that the late singers were ranked based on their pretax earnings from sales, licensing deals, streams and other sources of income between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.

Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk

See list below:

  1. US singer, Michael Jackson – $115 million
  2. US singer and actor, Elvis Presley – $100 million
  3. US keyboardist, Ray Manzarek – $45 million
  4. US cartoonist, Dr. Seuss – $40 million
  5. US cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz – $30 million
  6. US singer, Prince – $30 million
  7. US singer, Whitney Houston – $30 million
  8. British singer, John Lennon – $22 million
  9. Jamaican singer, Bob Marley – $16 million
  10. US singer, Bing Crosby – $14 million
  11. British singer, George Harrison – $14 million
  12. US golfer, Arnold Palmer – $10 million
  13. US singer, Marilyn Monroe – $10 million

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