Michael Jackson Tops The Lists of Highest Earning Dead Celebrities

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 31: Pop singer Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXVII between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills on January 31, 1993 at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Cowboys won the Super Bowl 52-17. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Once again, Michael Jackson tops the earnings list of dead celebrities for yet another year. The King of pop died in 2009 aged 50.

His estate made about $60 million over the past year.

Michael Jackson retained his place despite the rather nasty scandal involving allegations of abuse of minors. The documentary, ‘Leaving Neverland’ really ramped up the scrutiny on the late singer with people on both sides of the divide.

Jackson’s streaming numbers went up even with the controversy to 2.1 billion, up from 1.8 billion the year before.

According to Forbes, “With proceeds flowing from his Mijac Music catalogue, a Las Vegas show and a long-term deal with Sony, he retains his post mortem cash crown for the seventh consecutive year,”

His numbers this year are less than last year when his estate raked an eye-watering $400 million.

While many might think the fall was caused by the scandal, this wasn’t the case as, according to Forbes, the tumble had more to do with the fact that last year’s earnings were incredibly boosted by the sale of Jackson’s stake in EMI Music Publishing which came to almost $300 million.

David Bakula, Nielsen’s senior VP of Insight and Analytics explained the reason why Jackson’s streaming numbers aren’t going down in the face of the scandal “Michael Jackson … maybe had a little bit of a downside from the detractors, probably an equal amount of upside from the supporters,

“He’s just going to continue to grow because streaming’s continuing to grow, and because he’s got some unbelievably popular pop songs.”

There were others on the list including Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley and John Lennon. You can check out the full list below:

Michael Jackson – Musician (overdose/homicide) June 25, 2009: $60million

Elvis – Musician (heart attack) August 16, 1977: $39million

Charles Schultz – Cartoonist (cancer) February 12, 2000: $38million

Arnold Palmer – Golfer (heart disease) September 25, 2016: $30million

Bob Marley – Musician (cancer) May 11, 1981: $20million

Dr. Seuss – Author (cancer) September 24, 1991: $19million

John Lennon – Musician (homicide) December 8, 1980: $14million

Marilyn Monroe – Actress (overdose) August 5, 1962: $13million

Prince – Musician (overdose) April 21, 2016: $12million

Nipsey Hussle – Musician (homicide) March 31, 2019: $11million

XXXtentacion – Musician (homicide) June 18, 2018: $10million

Whitney Houston – Musician (drowning) February 11, 2012: $9.5million

George Harrison – Musician (cancer) November 29, 2001: $9million

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