Michael Jackson Leads as Forbes Reveals List of Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities in 2023

Michael Jackson Leads as Forbes Reveals List of Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities in 2023

  • Some celebrities around the world continue to make money even when they are gone
  • The wealth comes from pretax earnings from sales, streams, licensing agreements, and other sources
  • However, there has been a decline in the amount earned due to a fall in nine-figure music catalog sales

Even in death, some celebrities still live on in the hearts of their loved ones.

Several of these celebrities left a large imprint in the world which translates into wealth when they are no more.

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Some deceased artists, novelists, and other A-list celebrities who were tracked made about $470 million in the last 12 months. Photo Credit: Jena Ardell
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According to Forbes' yearly listing of the highest-paid dead celebrities, some deceased artists, novelists, and other A-list celebrities who were tracked made about $470 million in the last 12 months.

This was a 70% drop from the record-breaking $1.6 billion they made in 2022.

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The sharp reduction was attributed to the decline in nine-figure music catalog sales, which skyrocketed the incomes of deceased celebrities.

The dead celebrity ranking for this year, according to Forbes, takes into account estate acquisitions made or announced within the same time frame, as well as pretax earnings from sales, streams, licensing agreements, and other sources between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.

Here are the highest-paid dead celebrities of 2023

  • Michael Jackson - $115 Million
  • Elvis Presley - $100 Million
  • Ray Manzarek - $45 Million
  • Dr. Suess - $40 Million
  • Charles M. Schulz - $30 Million
  • Prince - $30 Million
  • Whitney Houston - $30 Million
  • John Lennon - $22 Million
  • Bob Marley - $16 Million
  • Bing Crosby - $14 Million
  • George Harrison - $14 Million
  • Arnold Palmer - $10 Million
  • Marilyn Monroe - $10 Million

Nigeria has also lost some celebrities in recent time whose name continues to trend after their death. The most recent was Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad. The singer has continued to dominate conversations over the circumstances leading to his death.

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Recently, Legit.ng reported that Naira Marley and Sam Larry were granted bail after weeks in detention.

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Bolanle Cole, a human rights lawyer on X, formerly known as Twitter, revealed that they were granted bail by a magistrate court.

Source: Legit.ng

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