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Top Earning Dead Celebrities

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Forbes Magazine released their top earning dead celebrities list for 2014. These are stars that have passed away but continue to make money from things like perfume with their name on it to tee shirts with their likeness.

This year the top earner is Michael Jackson with $140 million. He had a second posthumous album release, Xscape, that debuted on the pop charts at #2, earning him a lot of money.

In second it is Elvis Presley at $55 million. Elvis still rakes in millions from Graceland and his large music library.

Third place goes to Charles Schulz the cartoonist responsible for ‘Peanuts’. Between ‘Met Life’ commercials, an on line comic strip and an upcoming 3-D movie he earned $40 million.

Number 4 is last year’s number one, Elizabeth Taylor with $25 million. She has a best-selling perfume and her old movies continue to be popular, helping her to rake in the big bucks.

Number five goes to singer Bob Marley with earnings of $20 million which comes from his likeness on tee shirts and a beverage company whose motto is: Live Relaxed”.

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