Michael Jackson Named Top-Earning Dead Celebrity

Late singer Michael Jackson has been named the top-earning dead celebrity for 2013, by Forbes Magazine.

The administrators of the King of Pop’s estate have brought in an estimated $160 million in the past year, according to Forbes magazine, thanks to deals with Cirque du Soleil and recorded music sales.

Jackson beats Elvis Presley, whose daughter Lisa-Marie was once the pop star’s wife, and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M Schulz, who comes in third with a $37 million fortune.

Elizabeth Taylor and reggae star Bob Marley round out the top five.

Ironically, Jackson topped the very much alive Madonna on the pop fortune list – the Material Girl singer was named the top earner on the 2013 celebrity 100 list, with $125 million in earnings.

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