MJ named top-earning dead celebrity

New York:  King of Pop Michael Jackson has been named the Top Earning Dead Celebrity for the second year
in a row.

Earning an estimated USD 170 million in the past year, the pop icon, who passed away in June 2009, beat the likes of Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and John Lennon on Forbes’ annual postmortem power list.

While his earning was far from the USD 275 million he earned in the previous year, Jackson’s posthumous income this year also placed him as the second highest-earning pop act over the past year, dead or alive, after U2.

Ranking second on the dead celebrities’ list was Elvis Presley. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll brought in USD 55 million over the last year. Viva Elvis, the Cirque Du Soleil show highlighting his music, helped the Heartbreak Hotel hitmaker retain his spot from the previous year. Meanwhile, Marilyn Monroe came in third with USD 27 million.

Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in March, also made the cut. Making her first appearance on Forbes’ annual postmortem power list with USD 12 million, the legendary actress was in tie with former The Beatles member John Lennon on the number 5 spot. Others who round out the top 10 included guitarist Jimi Hendrix and novelist Stieg Larsson.

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