Notable Top Earning Dead Celebrities

    October 29, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Michael Jackson dead

    In trying to get into the Halloween spirit it’s not all that easy to combine eerie things with celebrities.  I mean sure we can always put up some slutty pictures of celebrities in Halloween costumes (which I’m sure we have by now) but it’s fun to try and focus on something a little more depressing and scary.

    For example.  How about the deceased?  Have you ever thought to think that some dead people actually make more of a living dead than alive?  It’s scary but true.  Forbes launched a list of 13 dead people back in September and I thought I’d explore several that you might notice.

    Here are some dead celebrities that are still pulling in serious coin……

    Thanks to Forbes for the info

    Michael Jackson – $275 Million

    Michael Jackson dead

    Michael Jackson is the world’s biggest earning dead celebrity.  The King of Pop, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50, raked in $275 million USD in the last 12 months.  His estate eclipsed that of other late stars, thanks to music royalties and marketing deals, including Elvis Presley, who was number two on a new list published by Forbes magazine

    Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley dead

    The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s income ballooned to $60 million, up $5 million from last year, thanks to Graceland admissions and the Elvis Presley Cirque du Soleil spectacular launched in Las Vegas earlier this year.  His portfolio of more than 200 licensing and merchandise deals got a nice boost from the late star’s 75th birthday celebration. Among the commemorative events: Graceland exhibits, touring tribute concerts and an Elvis-themed cruise to the Bahamas.

    J.R.R. Tolkien – $50 Million

    J.R.R. Tolkien dead

    The last Lord of the Rings movie hit theaters eight years ago, but Tolkien is still a hot topic in Hollywood. A two-movie adaptation of his book The Hobbit is currently in preproduction in New Zealand. All that Hollywood attention has helped move his books. According to Nielsen, Tolkien sold just shy of 500,000 copies in the last year.

    John Lennon – $17 Million

    John Lennon dead

    It’s been nearly 30 years since The Beatles’ John Lennon was killed in New York City. In what would have been his 70th year, EMI has launched the “Gimme Some Truth” campaign, re-releasing much of Lennon’s catalog, resulting in several Top 10 chart appearances. His estate still earns from the “Beatles Rock Band” videogame and licensing deals with the likes of Cisco and Mont Blanc

    Albert Einstein – $10 Million

    Albert Einstein dead

    Associated with all things intelligent, Einstein’s name continues to be used to peddle Baby Einstein products, a majority Disney-owned venture designed to make infants smarter. Other lucrative tie-ins include Italy’s Banca Profilo’s “Face Value” campaign, Chrysler’s Ram brand truck ads and a collection of A.J. Morgan “geek chic” glasses. The scientist’s estate has also expanded into videogames with a Nintendo DS brain game that retails for about $50.

    Jimi Hendrix – $6 Million

    Jimi Hendrix dead

    It’s been 40 years since Hendrix died, but his music is still influencing wannabe rockers. His 1967 debut Are You Experienced has been licensed to the third version of the “Rock Band” videogame, and his estate recently released a new batch of previously unheard recordings. Fender Guitars has signed on to present the 2010 Experience Hendrix tour, featuring one of the star’s former bandmates

    Steve Mcqueen – $6 Million

    Steve Mcqueen dead

    hree decades after his passing, the onetime Bullitt star continues to personify cool. McQueen’s image and likeness have been licensed for a host of signature collections for high-end brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Persol sunglasses. More recently he became the face of Tommy Hilfiger’s fall “icon collection” and UBS’ global “We Will Not Rest” campaign.



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      excelent post, keep it coming…

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