Still The King: Michael Jackson named top-earning celebrity

Michael Jackson's legacy lives on… and so do his paycheques.

The singer has been named highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year by Forbes magazine, easily out-earning runner up Elvis Presley, who brought in a pale $55 million by comparison.

The King of Pop, who passed away in 2009, is also out-earning the most prolific living stars: He amassed $35 million more than Madonna did over the same period, despite her wildly successful MDMA tour.  

Much of Jackson’s money is thought to come from two Cirque du Soleil shows; the Immortal touring show has grossed more than $300 million since opening last year, while Mandeley Bay's One is routinely sold out. A large chunk of his earnings also comes from his Sony/ATV catalogue, which includes hits by The Beatles, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.

Michael reclaimed the 2013 title from Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in 2011. The iconic actress earned $210 million the previous year due to a series of auctions, but this year dropped to fourth place with earnings of around $25 million.

Want to know which other celebrities are still earning millions? Click through the gallery below for the top 10!


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