Michael Jackson Moonwalked In Heaven When He Saw How Much Money He Made This Year

10.16.14 3 years ago 16 Comments
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Jadakiss once said “controversy sells, but it ain’t like death.” The quote is only half truth when dealing with Michael Jackson, arguably the greatest entertainer to ever live. The King of Pop sold a metric ton of records while living, and Mike’s spirit is doing just fine some five years after his passing in June 2009, despite his estate having to sell Neverland Ranch earlier this summer.

Based off two Cirque du Soleil shows – Immortal (a top 10 grossing tour of all-time) and One (a permanent show in Las Vegas – his posthumous album, Xscape (led by the groovy single “Love Never Felt So Good”), his Sony/ATV publishing conglomerate and his Mijac catalog, Jackson’s estate brought in a ridiculous $140 million. The nine figures make it five years and running Jackson has topped the list as the most lucrative dead celebrity, earning more than $750 million before taxes and expenses since 2009.

Rounding out the list:

2. Elvis Presley – $55 million
3. Charles Schulz – $40 million
4. Elizabeth Taylor – $25 million
5. Bob Marley – $20 million
6. Marilyn Monroe – $17 million
7. John Lennon – $12 million
8. Albert Einstein – $11 million
9. Bruce Lee – $9 million
9. Steve McQueen – $9 million
9. Bettie Page – $9 million
12. Theodor Geisel – $8 million
13. James Dean – $7 million

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I’m in the wrong profession.

[Forbes]

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