Top Entertainers After Death

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Celebrities are a source of fascination for many people, and this fascination continues even after their deaths.

Many entertainers continue earning huge sums after they pass, thanks to continued album, movie, and personal effect sales.

Here are some of the top posthumous earners from 2012:

Elizabeth Taylor

From her child star years and on through a long career marked by several high-profile, tumultuous romances, Elizabeth Taylor captured the public’s attention. Famous for her gorgeous violet eyes, Taylor gained instant recognition for her roles in films such as National Velvet and Cleopatra.

Christie’s auction house sold a collection of Liz Taylor’s jewelry and art in 2012, catapulting the late starlet to the top of the year’s late celebrity earnings list. The sale took place in both New York and London, raking in $184 million for her estate.

Michael Jackson

Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson spent more than four decades in the spotlight.

Known almost as much for his eccentric personal life as for his music, dance, and fashion sense, Jackson was both popular and controversial.

In 2012, his estate earned $145 million from his own record sales, his 50% stake in Sony’s ATV music catalog, and the Cirque Du Soleil show The Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour.

Elvis Presley

From his signature sequined jumpsuits to his rocking hips, Elvis became one of the biggest entertainment icons in history.

Earning the well-deserved title of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis left an indelible mark on the music industry until his tragic overdose in 1977.

He continues to be a big earner after death. His estate raked in $55 million last year from music sales, Graceland attendance, and other revenue streams.

Charles Schultz

A sad loss to the millions of people who grew up with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and their friends, Charles Schultz passed away in 2000. His Peanuts comic strip debuted in 1950 and still remains popular in reruns today.

During his lifetime, Schultz earned more than $1 billion from his comics and related merchandise. After death, he continues to bring in plenty of money to his estate, earning $37 million last year alone.

His ongoing income comes from licensing and advertising deals, continued syndication of his comic reprints, and an upcoming Peanuts movie.

Bob Marley

Best known for his hugely popular Reggae music, Bob Marley helped bring Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to worldwide awareness.

Heavily influenced by social issues in Jamaica, Marley’s music remained popular after his death. A compilation album titled Legend was released three years after his death, and sold 25 million copies worldwide.

While he didn’t do a lot of merchandising or branding in life, his estate has earned money from the Marley Beverage Company and House of Marley. In 2012, it earned $17 million from those ventures and music sales.

So, who are some other well-known late entertainers who you think continue to make a dollar in the afterlife?

About the Author: Angie Mansfield is a freelance writer whose work covers topics of interest to both consumers and small business owners, including billfloat.

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6 Responses to Top Entertainers After Death

  1. Lauren says:

    That is amazing! And anonymous sods like us just hope not to leave our families in debt after we die. : )

  2. lee howard says:

    life is about what we leave behind, our legacy cannot be counted in pennies and pounds but in the posative moments we Impress on people we leave behind. all the people in this article are known for their flaws as thay are for their successes, just like the people reading them no doubt. it is true however that some people become more popular after death, thank god Justin Beiber is still alive thats all I can say.

  3. Atul Kumar says:

    From the above list; If i say honestly, i can forget all but i cannot forget Michael Jackson. He is still in my hearts. He was King of Pop and I would say, no Pop-Star was able to beat him at his times. And, he will live forever in everybody’s hearts.

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