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Michael Jackson named top-earning dead celebrity Oct 24,2013 0 Comments

Michael Jackson has been named the top-earning dead celebrity, according to research from Forbes.

He is estimated to have earned $160 million (£99m) since October 2012.

The singer, who died in June 2009, is thought to have made most of his money from two Cirque du Soleil shows, as well as his shares in Sony’s catalogue and his own music.

It’s the third time in the past five years that the top-earning celebrity in the world has been dead.

Madonna, who topped the best-paid celebrity list earlier this year, took home an estimated $125m (£77m).

Actor and singer Elvis Presley, who died in 1977, is second on the list with earnings of $55m (£34m).

Charles M Schulz, who created Snoopy, completes the top three taking $37m (£23m).

The cartoonist died in 2000 of cancer aged 77. His last comic-strip appeared just hours after his death.

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