If the King was alive he could have all the cheeseburgers he wanted...
Elvis Presley has topped a list of high-earning dead celebrities – 27 years after his death.
The King is still getting an annual income of around $40 million (£22m) through merchandise, record sales and visits to his Graceland home.
Elvis Presley’s earnings look set to increase further with the introduction of a clothing range and a new Broadway show.
Other high rankers on the list compiled by business website Forbes include ‘Peanuts’ cartoon creator Charles Schulz, who came in second place.
A Forbes spokesman said: “The earning power of most deceased people, even famous ones, slows considerably or stops altogether when they die.
“But for a select few, the pay cheques keep coming and some draw even bigger pay-days than when they were alive.”
a href=”http://queen.nme.com”>Queen frontman Freddie Mercury enters the list for the first time with an annual income of around £5 million after the success of musical ‘We Will Rock You’.
The Top 20 deceased earners are:
1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m)
2. Charles Schulz $35m (£19m)
3. JRR Tolkien $23m (£12.5m)
4. John Lennon $21m (£11m)
5. Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel $18m (£10m)
6. Marilyn Monroe $8m (£4.3m)
7. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m)
=7. Irving Berlin $7m
=7. Bob Marley $7m
10. Richard Rodgers $6.5m
11. George and Ira Gershwin $6m
=11. Jimi Hendrix $6m
=11. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe $6m
=11. Cole Porter $6m
15. James Dean $5m (£2.7m)
=15. Dale Earnhardt Sr $5m
=15. Jerry Garcia $5m
=15. Freddie Mercury $5m
=15. Tupac Shakur $5m
=15. Frank Sinatra $5m