Michael Jackson has topped the list of the highest paid dead celebrities for the sixth year in the row.
The late King of Pop’s estate reportedly raked in £313 million in 2017, which was largely boosted by the sale of his lucrative stake in EMI Music Publishing.
Other profitable projects include a new record deal with Sony and Michael Jackson’s Halloween – an animated TV special that first aired in 2017.
The music icon, who died in 2009, has now made a staggering £1.8 billion since his passing.
Elvis Presley is second on the list, after securing earnings of £31 million, which largely comes from record sales and the development of a new entertainment complex called Elvis Presley’s Memphis which is located at his Graceland home.
Third place was secured by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer with £27 million, while Charlie Brown creator Charles Schulz and Reggae icon secured fourth and fifth with respective earnings of £26 and £18 million.
Check out the list as reported by Forbes in full below.
- Michael Jackson: $400 million
- Elvis Presley: $40 million
- Arnold Palmer: $35 million
- Charles Schulz: $34 million
- Bob Marley: $23 million
- Dr. Seuss: $16 million
- Hugh Hefner: $15 million
- Marilyn Monroe: $14 million
Although narrowly missing out on the top 10, rapper XXXTentaction also proved a new entry at 11th place, making £8.5 million in the past year.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last month that Jackson once attempted to convince Bond bosses that he should portray the iconic spy.