It’s Halloween, and ghosts and spirits are coming out to play worldwide. While most ghosts and spirits have no income to speak of, that is not the case for all of them; some celebrities left behind a legacy so great that they are still cashing in after death!
Every year, in celebration of Halloween, Forbes compiles a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities for the year. The list consists of a number of icons whose legacies extend far beyond their mortal lives.
The list features thirteen (spooky!) celebrities, a majority of whom are musicians whose music is still being sold in huge numbers despite their not being here.
Here is the Forbes list of the highest-earning dead celebrities in 2019:
1. Michael Jackson, $60 million. Dead since 2009 (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
2. Elvis Presley, $39 million. Dead since 1977 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
3. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, $38 million. Dead since 2000 (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Liaison)
4. Arnold Palmer, $30 million. Dead since 2016 (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
5. Bob Marley, $20 million. Dead since 1981 (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
6. Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, $19 million. Dead since 1991 (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
7. John Lennon, $14 million. Dead since 1980 (Photo by Ron Case/Keystone/Getty Images)
8. Marilyn Monroe, $13 million. Dead since 1962 (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
9. Prince, $12 million. Dead since 2016 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLR)
10. Nipsey Hussle, $11 million. He died just this past March (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BET)
11. XXXTentacion, $10 million. He died in June of last year (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)
12. Whitney Houston, $9.5 million. Dead since 2012 (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
13. George Harrison, $9 million. Dead since 2001 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
What do YOU think about this list? Are you surprised by anyone who made it? Are you surprised by anyone who isn’t on the list?
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