Eleven years after Michael Jackson’s death, the pop star’s heirs still earn a lot from his music. Works by the “King of Pop” who died in 2009 had earned around 48 million dollars in the past twelve months, estimates the US business magazine Forbes in its annual list of dead top earners. The list published on Friday relates to income from October 2019 to October 2020.
In second place is the children’s book author Theodor Geisel, who died in 1991, under his pseudonym “Dr. Seuss “famous. Best sellers like “The Hangover in a Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” grossed $ 33 million. Just behind (with $ 32.5 million) is the “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz, who died in 2000.
With advertising contracts, golf champion Arnold Palmer, who died in 2016, landed in fourth place with an estimated $ 25 million, followed by Elvis Presley (1935-1977), who brought his heirs around $ 23 million, mainly through the tourist attraction Graceland.
Basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, is new to the list of 13 top earners dead. The sale of sportswear and his autobiography brought about $ 20 million in the box office. After the death of 21-year-old rapper Juice World (“Lucid Dreams”) last December, music sales skyrocketed. With revenues of around $ 15 million, he ranks 7th.
The other names on the list: singer Bob Marley, ex-Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison, pop star Prince, “Queen” singer Freddy Mercury and Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe.