Photos: Forbes' top earning celebrities who are no longer living
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No. 13: George Harrison, $9 million
Harrison “benefited from Beatles reissues — as well as the Fab Four’s Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas — vaulting him back into our rankings for the first time since 2011”
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No. 12: Whitney Houston, $9.5 million
Half her estate sold for $7 million in May. That plus the success of the Kygo remix of her “Higher Love” cover paved the way for Houston’s debut on the list.
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No. 11: XXXTentacion, $10 million
The South Florida rapper remains the most-streamed deceased rapper in the U.S. more than a year after his death, with 5.6 billion spins.
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No. 10: Nipsey Hussle, $11 million
Hussle’s “focus on retaining the rights to his music monetized his 1.85 billion streams, third-most of any act on our list, at a greater rate than most artists dead or alive.”
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No. 9: Prince, $12 million
Prince continues to “move music,” Forbes wrote, “including a robust 320,000 physical units and half a billion on-demand streams, an overall increase of 12% year-over-year.”
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No. 8: Marilyn Monroe, $13 million
Monroe remains one of the most popular celebrities when it comes to licensing, Forbes stated. “Monroe has added a Zales collection to deals with the likes of Chanel and Montblanc.”
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No. 7: John Lennon, $14 million
Lennon benefited from the 50th anniversary of “Abbey Road,” which “boosted the Beatles —moving 2.2 million U.S. album-equivalents over the past year.
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No. 6: Dr. Seuss, $19 million
Licensing deals added to the publishing business, which moved more than 5 million books in the U.S. over the past year.
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No. 5: Bob Marley, $20 million
“With nearly 1 billion streaming spins in the U.S., the ubiquity of Marley’s music keeps his House of Marley products — including headphones, speakers and turntables —from going up in smoke”
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No. 4: Arnold Palmer, $30 million
The golf legend continues to make money thanks to partnerships with MasterCard & Rolex, plus his half-tea, half-lemonade beverage deal with Arizona & alcoholic version with MolsonCoors.
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No. 3: Charles Schulz, $38 million
A licensing deal with Met Life adds millions to the Peanuts franchise Schulz created 70 years ago.
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No. 2: Elvis Presley, $39 million
Date of death: Aug. 16, 1977
The bulk of Presley’s money comes from the half a million visitors each year to his Memphis home, Graceland.
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No. 1: Michael Jackson, $60 million
Jackson had “2.1 billion U.S. spins, up from 1.8 billion a year ago,”
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