Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities in 2020

Michael Jackson

The late King of Pop Michael Jackson topped the Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities for the eighth year in a row in 2020.

Michael Jackson

The 2019 release of the damning documentary Leaving Neverland seems not to have taken a lot from the American singer and songwriter’s crown.


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According to Forbes on Friday, November 13, Jackson’s Mijac Music catalogue, which includes tunes by Elvis and Aretha Franklin, and a long-term deal with Sony accumulated for more than 70% of his earnings.

Sadly, there were also young ones on the list. The 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD and NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

Recall that Bryant died nine months ago at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ and seven others.

See the list of Forbes’ 13 highest-paid dead celebrities in 2020:

1: Michael Jackson –  $48 million

2: Dr. Seuss / Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel –  $33 million

3: Charles Schulz Schulz – $32.5 million.

4: Arnold Palmer – $25 million.

5: Elvis Presley Presley – $23 million

6: Kobe Bryant The American basketball player died on January 26, 2020, at the age of 41.

7: Juice WRLD – $15 million

8: Bob Marley Marley – $14 million

9: John Lennon – $13 million

10: Prince Prince – $10 million

11: Freddie Mercury – $9 million

12: George Harrison – $8.5 million

13: Marilyn Monroe – $8 million in 2020.


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