It should not come as a surprise that dead celebrities still manage to earn money. However, this factor raises two very important questions. First of all, how much money DO they earn? Secondly, of all of the dead celebrities who earns the most? Well, make sure you buckle up because the answer might surprise you.
In the year 2016 the deceased celebrity with the highest earning is Michael Jackson, and yes he is still the king. He passed away in 2009 and has earned a staggering $825 million for 2016 alone. Forbes released the figures showing that Michael is still on top of the chart, even after all of this time.
The reason he was able to earn so much money is due to the deal with Sony/ATV music that he made when he was alive. The most impressive factor of all is that that $825 million he earned puts him at one of the biggest annual earnings by any celebrity dead or ALIVE, impressive right?
The next highest earner was Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts series. He passed away in 2000 due to cancer but was still able to bring in $48 million dollars due to the release of the 3-D Peanuts movie.
It is also worth mentioning that Prince and David Bowie made the last. Both have made a lasting impact on the world, so it does not come as a surprise that they are still making money even after their death.
When you consider the amount of money that Michael Jackson made in 2016 alone do you think there is a chance he could win next year too?
It is hard to say for sure, but if we had to put money on it, we would say that Jackson would be a great pick.