Top 10 Earning Dead Celebrities

A year after his death at the age of 51, Michael Jackson records are still selling as strongly as ever, and a survey by Forbes magazine has ranked him as the top earning dead celebrity in the world.Not only is Michael Jackson the top earning dead celebrity in the world, his earnings are more than the next eleven in line combined, with a huge $275 million earnings.

The top ten dead celebrities with the most earnings follow Michael Jackson with Elvis Presley ($60 million), author of "The Hobbit" and "Lord Of The Rings" J.R.R. Tolkien ($50 million), Charles Schultz the creator of "Peanuts" ($33 million) and John Lennon ($17 million).

Given the deep debt that Michael Jackson was in prior to his death, he is obviously better off financially these days, since he doesn't have the ability to spend his earnings on frivolous fancies, such as a personal theme park, and weekly plastic surgery appointments.

10. Richard Rodgers

09. George Steinbrenner

08. Albert Einstein 

07. Dr. Seuss

06. Stieg Larsson 

05. John Lennon

04. Charles Schulz

03. J.R.R. Tolkien

02. Elvis Presley 

01. Michael Jackson