Michael Jackson highest paid dead celebrity

Michael Jackson departs after a day of testimony at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. Wednesday, May 4 2005. Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday in Jackson trial after more than two months of dramatic testimony in which they sought to prove that the pop star molested a teenage cancer patient and conspired to hold his family captive at his fairy-tale estate. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

October 26, 2010 11:30:46 AM PDT
Michael Jackson may no longer be with us, but he's still managing to earn millions of dollars.

The King of Pop, who died in June, 2009, made $275 million over the past year, putting him at the top of Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities.

Second on the list released Monday is Elvis Presley, who earned $60 million.

Third is J.R.R. Tolkien, who sold a combined 500,000 copies of his The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books in the past year alone.

"Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz is fourth, having earned $33 million.

Former Beatle John Lennon is fifth at $17 million.

Stieg Larsson, who wrote The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but died of a heart attack at age 50 before it was published, earned $15 million in the past year.

The Forbes list, at Forbes.com, includes 13 names.

Tying for the last spots with $6 million apiece are Jimi Hendrix, Steve McQueen and Aaron Spelling.


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