Michael Jackson is still a money spinner even in death … because he is the top earning dead celebrity of 2013, according to Forbes.
According to the new list released on Wednesday, Michael Jackson earned an estimated $160 million, topping the list. His first runner-up is Elvis, who earned a ‘meager’ $55 million.
Even Madonna, who Forbes listed in August as the most paid living celebrity of 2013, was no match for the late King of Pop, who surpassed her by the margin of a whooping $35 million.
Most of MJ’s earnings came from two successful Cirque du Soleil performances inspired by him. He was the second top earner last year, behind Liz Taylor.
Other top earners in this year’s list include: Elvis, ($55 million), Charles Schulz, ($37 million) Liz Taylor ($25 million) and Bob Marley ($18 million).
This year’s estimation was based on the dead celebrities’ earnings from October 2012 to October 2013.