Others on the list include Charles Schulz, Bob Marley, and Jenni Rivera.
By Margaret Eby / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Michael Jackson topped Forbes’ list of top-earning dead celebrities with $160 million.
The top-earning celebrity of 2013 doesn’t even have a pulse.
Forbes released a list of the top-earning dead celebrities for this year, and the No.1 earner on the list, Michael Jackson, raked in a whopping $160 million from June 2012 to June 2013. Jackson easily trounced the No. 1 earner still living, Madonna, who earned only $125 million.
‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz, who died in 2000, landed third on the list.
Jackson took the top spot from Elizabeth Taylor. This year, the late movie star’s earning landed her in fourth place.
Elvis Presley came in second, earning $55 million despite passing away in 1977. In third is Charles Schulz, creator of the cartoon “Peanuts,” who earned $37 million. Schulz died of colon cancer in 2000. Other entries on the list include Bettie Page, Bob Marley, and Dr. Seuss.
A new entry on the annual list is Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American singer who died in a plane crash last year. Since her death, Forbes reports, Rivera has sold more than 880,000 records, which contributed to her total of $7 million.
TOP-EARNING DEAD GUY
… In Hollywood
Michael Jackson is KILLING IT in the graveyard … making more money than any other dead celebrity in Hollywood, including Liz Taylor and Elvis, this according to Forbes.The mag just released its annual list of top-earning dead celebrities … and this year, MJ took back the crown from his good friend and fellow dead-person Liz Taylor, last year’s top-earner.
Here’s the breakdown according to the mag:
1) Michael Jackson, $160 million
2) Elvis, $55 million
3) Charles Schulz, $37 million
4) Liz Taylor, $25 million
5) Bob Marley, $18 million
MJ was #2 last year, but two successful Jacko-inspired Cirque du Soleil shows have shot the King of Pop back to the top.
Besides Liz Taylor’s drop, the rest of the list contains the usual suspects … Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee … but there is one notable new name — Mexican singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash back in 2012.