Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid dead celebrities in 2023

The “King of Pop,” late American musician Michael Jackson, is currently the highest-paid deceased celebrity in the world as of 2023.

With an estimated $115 million in earnings, he was dubbed the highest-paid deceased celebrity on Forbes magazine’s 2023 annual list, which was made public on Tuesday.

Jackson hasn’t occupied the top rank in the last four years.

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

Michael Jackson named Forbes’ highest-paid dead celebrity of 2023
Michael Jackson, King of Pop. Photo source: Google

The top 13 deceased celebs list also includes Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, Prince, and John Lennon.

An approximate $470 million was earned by the deceased celebrities in the previous year. 70 percent less than in 2022.

Based on their pretax sales and licencing earnings, they were rated as other sources of income 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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