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Michael Jackson Tops 2016 List of Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities

Michael Jackson topped the list of highest-paid dead celebrities, earning $825 million in 2016.

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    Michael Jackson performs in concert circa 1986.

    Michael Jackson topped the list of highest-paid dead celebrities, earning more than late golfer Arnold Palmer and "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz. 

    Jackson, who died of an overdose/homicide in 2009, earned $825 million in 2016, according to Forbes' annual list

    Cartoonist Schulz pulled in an estimated $48 million and golfer Palmer posthumously earned $40 million.

    Forbes estimates are based on pretax income from October 1, 2015 through October 1, 2016, before deducting expenses for agents, managers and lawyers. 

    Full List of 2016's Top-Earning Dead Celebrities: 

    1. Michael Jackson ($825 million) 

    2. Charles Schulz ($48 million) 

    3. Arnold Palmer ($40 million) 

    4. Elvis Presley ($27 million) 

    5. Prince ($25 million) 

    6. Bob Marley ($21 million) 

    7. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel ($20 million) 

    8. John Lennon ($12 million) 

    9. Albert Einstein ($11.5 million) 

    10. Bettie Page ($11 million) 

    11. David Bowie ($10.5 million)

    12. Steve McQueen ($9 million) 

    13. Elizabeth Taylor ($8 million)