10/24/2013 09:32 am ET | Updated Oct 24, 2013

Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity


Forbes released its list of the top-earning dead celebrities this week, and Michael Jackson took the No. 1 spot.

The late pop star made $160 million in the past year, more than two years after his death. Jackson's total makes him the top-earning celebrity overall, beating out Madonna, who brought in the most money for any living celebrity with $125 million in the past year.

A large part of Jackson's posthumous earnings come from the Cirque du Soleil tribute show, "One," which was created in his honor. Jackson's estate also earns money for his music catalogue, music sales, and Cirque's Michael Jackson Immortal tour.

Jackson is followed on the list by Elvis at $55 million, Charles M. Schulz at $37 million, Elizabeth Taylor at $25 million, and Bob Marley at $18 million.

For the rest of the list, and to see how celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and John Lennon stack up, head over to Forbes.

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