Forbes lists Michael Jackson as deceased celebrity leaving highest earnings

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For the fifth consecutive year, Michael Jackson was on Forbes list as deceased celebrity with the highest income. The King of Pop earned $75 million in 2017.


Number two on the magazine’s list was golf legend Arnold Palmer, with $40 million. The creator of the Peanuts cartoon, Charles Schulz, was third, with an income of $38 million.

Elvis Presley has been on the list for a long time, and secured $35 million, up from last year’s $27 million thanks to a new entertainment center in Memphis, and a recently opened hotel in the town.

Bob Marley rounded out the top five with $23 million.

A name on the list came in completely unexpectedly. Tom Petty, who died on the 3rd of October, was in 6th place, with $20 million, reflecting the revenue from last year’s tour, where the band grossed $1 million a night.

Prince followed, with $18 million.

The list includes before tax income from the 15th October 2016, to the 15th October
2017, and is based on a number of sources, including Nielsen SoundScan, IMDb,
Pollstar Pro, and interviews with financial experts.


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