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Dead only in the physical because kings never really die

Following his passing in June 2009, the legendary icon, Michael Jackson has come out on top on the Forbes Magazine's Top Earning Dead Celebrities List. According to Forbes, Jackson's estate brought in a total of $275 million over the past 12 months, which is more than the earnings of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Madonna. Jackson also out-earned the other 12 deceased stars on the list - combined. This is mostly in part to his documentary film, This Is It. Congrats to the King of Pop!


The King of Pop passed away last summer, but he's made more money over the past year than any musician, dead or alive. His $275 million total was greater than the earnings of the two most profitable living acts, U2 and AC/DC, combined. Jackson's posthumous earnings have been bolstered by shrewd negotiations by his estate, including a merchandising deal and the rights to his name and likeness for the Sony film This Is It, which grossed over a quarter of a billion dollars.


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