Pop legend, Michael Jackson has been named the top-earning dead celebrity for the sixth consecutive year.
According to the latest list which was released by Forbes on Thursday, the late King of Pop’s estate has raked in £313 million over the past year, partly due to the sale of his EMI Music Publishing stake
Other lucrative projects for the singer’s estate included a TV special, ‘Michael Jackson‘s Halloween’ as well as a new Sony record deal.
Jackson, who died in 2009 following an overdose of the anaesthetic, Propofol has now made £1.8 billion in earnings since his demise.
Elvis Presley comes second on the list, with pre-tax earnings of £31 million between 1 October, 2017 and 1 October, 2018.
The late singer, who died in 1977 at the age of 42 made the huge sums courtesy of music sales, tickets to Graceland and a new entertainment complex called Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Golfer Arnold Palmer is third with £27 million. Charlie Brown cartoonist, Charles Schulz is in the fourth position with £26 million while Reggae icon, Bob Marley sits in the fifth position with £18 million in earnings.
Other late celebrities on the list are author Dr Seuss in sixth position with £12 million, slightly ahead of Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner who died last year at the age of 91(£11.7 million).
Iconic actor, Marilyn Monroe was in eighth, returning her to the list with earnings of £11 million as a result of new deals, including one with Montblanc pens.
Music stars, Prince and The Beatles’ John Lennon were next on the list with earnings of £10 million and £9 million respectively. The 20-year-old rapper, XXXTentacion who was shot and killed in Florida in June this year was the only new entry at 11th place, grossing £8.5 million in the past year.
Completing the list were legendary boxer, Cassius Clay popularly known as Muhammad Ali (£6 million) and model, Bettie Page with £5 million.