Forbes magazine

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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Magazine Names Highest-Earning Onscreen Couples

Real-life couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been named Hollywood’s highest-grossing onscreen couple by Forbes magazine.

Editors at the publication have determined Pattinson and Stewart are the hottest duo after raking in $625 million for the Twilight franchise.

Channing Tatum and his The Vow co-star Rachel McAdams, who brought in $125 million, come in second.

The top two leading men landed on the list twice – Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon won over viewers in Water for Elephants, while People magazine’s current Sexiest Man Alive movie romance with Amanda Seyfried in Dear John put them sixth.

Also making the top 10 were Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who met and fell in love while filming The Last Song, and Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, whose steamy love scenes in The Lucky One earned them a spot at number nine.

Forbes editors compiled the list using the top money-making romantic movies over the past three years.