King of Pop no longer reigns as top-earning dead celeb
October 25th, 2012
01:50 PM ET

King of Pop no longer reigns as top-earning dead celeb

If someone's going to pass you up on a celebrity earnings list it might as well be a friend - even in the afterlife.

Michael Jackson's estate previously topped Forbes' list of top-earning dead stars, but this year it's his old pal Elizabeth Taylor who takes the crown.

The website reports that Taylor earned $210 million in the past year, handily unseating Jackson, whose estate saw $145 million in earnings in the same time period.

The windfall to the Taylor estate is due in part to auctions of the glamorous star's jewelry, Forbes says, but there's also the cash flowing in from her White Diamonds perfume line. The fragrance saw $75 million in retail sales in 2011.

But while Dame Taylor took No. 1 on Forbes' list this year, it's not expected that she'll hold off Jackson for long, as his estate is still seeing money come in from music sales. But for now, Jackson takes No. 2 on Forbes' list, with Elvis Presley landing at No. 3 with $55 million in earnings.

Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz is at No. 4 with $37 million, and Bob Marley's at No. 5 on the list, with his estate having earned $17 million in the last year.

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    November 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NormalGuy

    Jackson was a pedofile and died as all drug addicts should – unknowing and unaware.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gee Your Smarter Then Me

    darn...our "services" needed to get roundhouse to chime in last night somehow by "specialized research"--all of a sudden, poof..we found it. are you a lez?

    October 26, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Canada Rocks

    Stupid Americans

    October 26, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • lifesabeachobx

      Elizabeth Taylor was born in London.
      Charles M. Schulz was born in Minnesota.
      Michael Jackson was born in Indiana.
      Bob Marley was born in Jamaica.

      First & you homework DB. You're only 50% right/wrong.....figures from a Canadian......

      November 21, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Elizabeth Taylor, I bet Elizabeth Hurley will be surprised to hear she died lol. You need to go back and do proper research lol. And I find the information of the publication from the internet, Elizabeth’s estate also made money from property sales and from her films as after starring in 1963 drama ‘Cleopatra’, the actress.


    October 26, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. peter

    So nice and so good for the dead one to make a lot of money,lol

    October 26, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Love liz

    October 26, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Some Guy

    Probably no more than 30%, since the Bush tax cuts haven't expired yet, moron.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    When I die my estate will be ranked in the negative

    October 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. takebackamerica

    I wonder how much obama will take and redistribute to those who vote for him?

    October 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Take a crap

    on a hacker

    October 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jake

    As she got older some think she may have become a big ol fat slu-tty hippo. Just fat and gross.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jusbcuz

      At least she was something fabulous once u probably never were and never will be anything besides stupid

      October 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You must have a litle brain to say things like that...

      October 26, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |


    October 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. celebrityrouted...

    i love liz...but sometimes she never got the message.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the poor dear

    Feel sorry for liz...

    October 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Reblogged to

    October 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Liz

    is one of the greatest actresses of all time -

    October 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Liz is a great actress...

    and should have another oscar.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Thanks Red

    we have enuff for this afternoon–ta ta

    October 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  20. 3-5


    October 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. inredsquare

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Both are no longer with us, but one has out ranked the other in celebrity earnings.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |

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