Not Bad at all! Michael Jackson once again tops Forbes list of ‘highest-earning dead celebrities’ …thanks to $140 million haul

It seems the Prince Of Pop has well and truly usurped the King Of Rock And Roll.

For Michael Jackson once again raked in more than Elvis Presley to become the world’s top earning dead celebrity of 2014.

The music legend’s estate continued to earn more than most celebrities in the land of the living with an altogether not Bad at all haul of $140m.  

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Sitting on the throne: Prince of Pop Michael Jackson beat off Elvis Presley to be the world's top earning dead celebrity of 2014

According to Forbes, he made almost three times as much as perennial list topper Elvis Presley, who made a relatively paltry $55 million in earnings over the same 12-month period.

Jackson’s estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape, which went straight in at number two in the charts.

His profile was further bolstered by an holographic performance on stage at the Billboard Music Awards.

His controversial appearance will no doubt pave the way for other dead celebrities as the technology advances to the point where we won’t be able to tell the difference.

This isn't it: Michael, seen here at the press conference for his fateful final tour, continues to rake it in

Michael Jackson made $700m since his death five years ago

The star in ninth place Bettie Page, who made $9 million in earnings, is also to get the same treatment in a show about the her life which is set to open in Vegas next year, and will feature a hologram of one of her striptease acts.

One person who will not be following in his footsteps will be Elvis, as he already had his own concert tour using the technology back in 2012.

His rights were bought by Authentic Brands Group last year for $125 million, and his estate raked in a fortune due to Graceland tourism and his music library.

Earning a King's ransom: Elvis Presley still made a more than respectable $55 million in the last year

However ABG plans is hoping to squeeze even more cash out of his franchise with a hologram show that could be up and running in Vegas early next year which could even seem him perform with a virtual Michael Jackson.

Cartoonist Charles Schulz certainly did not make Peanuts, coming in at third with $40 million thanks to his popular characters, which include Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

With money continuing to pour in from his comic strip, merchandising and MetLife MET -2.41% adverts, the franchise will get a further boost thanks to an upcoming 3-D movie from Fox studios. set to hit cinemas next year.

We love money: Cartoonist Charles Schulz creations Charlie Brown and Snoopy helped his estate to third spot

Smelling of roses: English sexpot Elizabeth Taylor earned $25m thanks to her best-selling perfume

English sexpot Elizabeth Taylor came in at fourth with $25 million, mainly due to a best-selling perfume and her old movies.

While her estate is vastly profitable, experts predict companies will be eager to cash in on her status as a symbol of old Hollywood glamour, with more merchandise opportunities sure to be explored.

Raggae favourite Bob Marley came in at fifth with an estimated $20 million in earnings thanks to his bonce featuring on bags, T-shirts and even a line of fruit-flavored drinks.

Forbes compiled the list in conjunction with estate managers, agents, music publishers and other insiders, coming up with estimates of what each estate brought in between October 2013 and October 2014.

That's not gnarly Marley: Bob's estate does not have to worry about a thing as he earned a whopping $20m


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