It’s morbid but fascinating. Once again, Forbes has revealed their list of the Highest Paid Dead Celebrities. According to the financial magazine, the late Michael Jackson has been bumped from the top spot in 2021.
This year, British author Roald Dahl is on top, with earnings of $513-million. The creator of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” enjoyed plenty of success while he was alive. However, the Dahl estate’s fortune grew significantly after his death, especially after Netflix shelled out $648-million to acquire the Roald Dahl Story Company last year.
The #2 spot belongs to Prince with $120-million thanks to the deal his siblings made to sell 43-percent of his estate, including his catalog, to music publishing and management company Primary Wave. Michael Jackson, Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz, and children’s author Dr. Seuss round out the top five.
Altogether, the earnings of dead celebrities this year reached $960-million, which is triple the amount of last year. See the top ten below and the full list HERE.