Friday, December 26, 2014

Occupy Graveyards? Dead Celebs still in top 1%

Jackson again tops $ list of dead celebs

Occupy Graveyards? Dead Celebs still in top 1%

Kevin Jovel, 9, from Fontana Calif., walks past a makeshift memorial outside the family home of late pop star Michael Jackson in the Encino, Calif., on, Monday, June 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

As Halloween nears, it's time for Forbes' annual list of the top earning dead celebrities. Leading the way again is Michael Jackson, who raked in $170 million since last October. At No. 2 is Elvis Presley, at $55 million, still earning hedge fund manager type dough more than three decades after his passing.

Elizabeth Taylor ($12 million) debuts on the list at No. 5, because her scent is still strong. Most of that money came from the royalties on the sale of White Diamonds perfume. She's tied with John Lennon. Imagine that.

Not that it matters, but the most surprising entrant on the list is again Albert Einstein ($10 million). Is that due to Baby Einstein? Einstein Bagels? Or are that many people wearing officially licensed Einstein T-shirts?

Right behind Einstein is Dr. Seuss ($9 million). That original one-percenter, The Grinch, continues to pay big dividends.

For the entire list go to www.forbes.com/deadcelebs.

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