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Michael Jackson, Bob Marley tops Forbes' highest-earning dead celebrities list


 Michael Jackson has once again topped the Forbes' list of highest earning dead celebrities for the eighth year in a row, raking in $48million, despite the damning documentary Leaving Neverland that was released last year

 The annual list published Friday revealed the King of Pop's Mijac Music catalog, which also includes music by Elvis and Aretha Franklin, accounts for more than 70% of his earnings.

Jackson - who died aged 50 in 2009 from a reported overdose - made $60million last year, after his music streams increased to 2.1 billion in the US, compared to 1.8 billion the year before. 

The estimation of pre-tax income – not deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers – takes into account figures from Nielsen Music, IMDBPro and interviews with industry insiders. 

Forbes' 13 highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020

Michael Jackson - Musician (overdose/homicide): $48 million 

Dr. Seuss / Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel - American author (cancer): $33 million 

Charles Schulz - American cartoonist (cancer): $32.5 million 

Arnold Palmer - American professional golfer (heart disease) $25million 

Elvis Presley - Entertainer (heart attack) $23million 

Kobe Bryant - American basketball player (helicopter crash) $20million 

Juice WRLD - Rapper (overdose) $15million 

Bob Marley - Musician (cancer) $14million 

John Lennon - Musician (homicide)

Prince - Musician (overdose) $10million 

Freddie Mercury - Musician (AIDS-related illness) $9million 

George Harrison - Musician (cancer) $8.5million 

Marilyn Monroe - Film star (overdose) $8million 

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