Forbes names Michael Jackson highest-paid dead celebrity of 2023


Even after his tragic death over fifteen years ago, Michael Jackson’s legendary status continues to bring in a staggering amount of money, propelling him to the top of the annual list.

On Forbes magazine’s 2023 annual list, which was released on Tuesday, he was named the highest-earning deceased celebrity with an estimated net worth of $115 million.

Michael Jackson hasn’t been at the top for the last four years.

Second place went to Jackson’s late father-in-law, Elvis Presley, whose estimated net worth was $100 million.

Other departed celebrities who made the top 13 list include John Lennon, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, and Prince.

The deceased celebrities earned around $470 million in the previous year. Approximately 70% less than in 2022.

They were ranked based on their pretax earnings from sales, licencing agreements, streams, and other sources of income earned between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.

See the list below:

US singer, Michael Jackson – $115 million

US singer and actor, Elvis Presley – $100 million

US keyboardist, Ray Manzarek – $45 million

US cartoonist, Dr. Seuss – $40 million

US cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz – $30 million

US singer, Prince – $30 million

US singer, Whitney Houston – $30 million

British singer, John Lennon – $22 million

Jamaican singer, Bob Marley – $16 million

US singer, Bing Crosby – $14 million

British singer, George Harrison – $14 million

US golfer, Arnold Palmer – $10 million

US singer, Marilyn Monroe – $10 million


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