October 25, 2016 in Celebrity Money

The 12 highest-earning dead celebrities

The late, great Michael Jackson, whose “Thriller” remains the top-selling album of all time, made more money during the past year than any other celebrity — living or dead.

And he’s not the only star who’s still bringing in a fortune from the grave. Based on a Forbes analysis of recent annual pretax earnings data, here are the 12 highest-paid dead celebrities of 2016.

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Annual payday: $825 million

Died in 2009

Annual payday: $48 million

Died in 2000

Annual payday: $40 million

Died in 2016

Annual payday: $27 million

Died in 1977

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Annual payday: $25 million

Died in 2016

Annual payday: $21 million

Died in 1981

Annual payday: $20 million

Died in 1991

Annual payday: $12 million

Died in 1980

Annual payday: $11.5 million

Died in 1955

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Annual payday: $11 million

Died in 2008

Annual payday: $10.5 million

Died in 2016

Died in 1980

Annual payday: $9 million

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