Thursday, October 27, 2005

Top 13 earning dead celebrities

They're famous across the globe. Their work is treasured by millions. And they're rolling in cash--they just can't spend any of it.

The 13 members of Forbes Magazine’s annual Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities list brought in a collective $186 million in the last year. They, or more accurately, their estates, earned that money by selling their work--both written and recorded--or just the rights to use their likenesses on T-shirts, posters or in advertisements. Sometimes their life stories themselves are worth something: Musician Ray Charles makes the list for the first time this year, in part because of income related to his 2004 biopic. Johnny Cash, who also makes his first appearance this year, has his own movie out in November.

    1. Elvis Presley Elvis
    2. Charles M. Schulz
    3. John Lennon
    4. Andy Warhol
    5. Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel
    6. Marlon Brando
    7. Marilyn Monroe
    8. J.R.R. Tolkien
    9. George Harrison
    10. Johnny Cash
    11. Irving Berlin
    12. Bob Marley
    13. Ray Charles


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