Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

The 13 icons on our sixth annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list collectively earned $247 million in the last 12 months. Their estates continue to make money by inking deals involving both their work and the rights to use their name and likenesses on merchandise and marketing campaigns. To land on this year’s list, a star needed to make at least $7 million between October 2005 and October 2006.

1 Kurt Cobain -50 million
2 Elvis Presley -42 million
3 Charles M. Schulz -35 million
4 John Lennon -24 million
5 Albert Einstein
6 Andy Warhol
7 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
8 Ray Charles
9 Marilyn Monroe
10 Johnny Cash
11 J.R.R. Tolkien
12 George Harrison
13 Bob Marley


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