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Elizabeth Taylor Beats It Michael Jackson As This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celeb

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Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley may be dead, but they're still making a hell of a lot more money than most people living!

Forbes has released the annual report of the world's top-earning celebrities and along with Peanuts creator Charles Schultz, all of the people mentioned above are in the top five.

The big news is that Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in March of 2011, has amassed enough wealth this year to dethrone the King of Pop after two years on top.

Taylor's estate has accumulated $210 million in 2012, while MJ only brought in a measly $145 million.

There's a good chance he'll be back on top next year though. He owns 50% of the Sony/ATV publishing catalog, which will provide income for years to come. Taylor, on the other hand, received a $184 million bump this year from a London auction of her jewelry and art.

Here's the entire dead celeb line-up with how much money they've made over the last 12 months:

1. Elizabeth Taylor - $210 million
2. Michael Jackson - $145 million
3. Elvis Presley - $55 million
4. Charles Schultz - $37 million
5. Bob Marley - $17 million
6. John Lennon - $12 million
7. Marilyn Monroe - $10 million
8. Albert Einstein - $10 million
9. Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Suess) - $9 million
10. Steve McQueen - $8 million
11. Bettie Page - $8 million
12. Richard Rogers (song writer) - $6 million
13. George Harrison - $5.5 million

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4 comments to “Elizabeth Taylor Beats It Michael Jackson As This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celeb”

  1. 1

    Fuck Michael Jackson, not only he molested children with cancer but "it" molested his own children.

  2. marie says – reply to this


    This is an ALL TIME LOW tabloid trash! How is Liz Taylor a highest paid celebrity when they got the money by selling off her belongings? They sold her jewelries and properties, and auctioned her arts probably painted by recognized expensive artist which has nothing to do with Liz Taylor. Michael Jackson made the money from his own art, music, concert, etc.

    Liz Taylor's estate is selling off her stuff while Michael Jackson's estate is buying companies. There is a HUGE difference! FYI: MJ Estate just bought EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 billion a couple of months ago. Sony/ATV is now valued at $1.9 billion for which MJ owns 50%. Michael Jackson's estate net worth is going up while Liz Taylor's estate is going down.

    And just so you know, MJ has an art collection for which his estate has been fighting to retain custody with an estimated value of $900 million and some of arts were painted and drawn by Michael Jackson himself.
    If MJ estate would sell his shares in companies, his art, his stuff, that would be in BILLIONS!
    There is a word called "RESEARCH" Use it and do it before you write any article about MJ. This is just tabloid trash emanating from plain ignorance with the intention of belittling MJ.

  3. Guest 001 says – reply to this


    Re: ParisIsBurning – Stupid motherfucker! Go back to school or get your GED. Brain dead parasite!

  4. shyalia says – reply to this