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Michael Jackson Top Earning Dead Celebrity of 2015


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Michael Jackson is once again the top-earning dead celebrity according to FORBES. Check out the list

Via FORBES:

In the time since Michael Jackson’s sudden death in 2009, the financial story that has played out has been nothing short of a thriller. The King of Pop has earned more than $1 billion before taxes since then, enough to pay off his personal debts and then some.

This year Jackson again leads our list of the 13 top-earning dead celebrities, pulling in $115 million over the past year. The main drivers of his afterlife fortune: the Vegas Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson One, the Mijac Music catalog, recorded music sales and half of theSony /ATV publishing empire.

“When a composer [or] a performer dies, that’s it,” says Josh Rubenstein, National Chair of Trusts and Estates at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. “It’s no more … once they’re dead and there can’t be any more [work], all of the sudden everybody comes in and says, ‘Oh, we’ve got to get this guy.’”

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