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Michael Jackson Tops Forbes’ Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List

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Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Michael Jackson may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

Marking his continued legacy, Jackson currently sits at the top of Forbes’ list of top-earning dead celebrities. He has held the position for five years in a row—and  in 2017 Jackson raked in a whopping $75 million.

According to Forbes, Jackson’s empire keeps growing due to the interest of fans and the creation of new ways to experience Jackson’s catalog of music. CBS recently aired Michael Jackson’s Halloween, an hourlong animated special. This release also went in accordance with Jackson’s new album, Scream, a compilation of Jackson’s greatest hits.

Jackson also has a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalog. Last year Jackson brought in $825 million—the highest annual total ever amassed by any entertainer, dead or alive. Most of that number came from the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue.

All in all, since his death, it’s reported that Jackson has made $1.5 billion. Listen to Micael Jacksons Scream album below.


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