The late Michael Jackson has once again topped the Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities for the eighth year in a row with $48 million ( N22.1 billion) in earnings in 2020.
Bryant was reportedly worth $600 million (N276 billion) at the time of his death.
Here are Forbes’ 13 highest-paid dead celebrities making a killing in the afterlife in 2020.
1: Michael Jackson The musician who died of an overdose on June 25, 2009, aged 50 raked in $48 million in 2020.
2: Dr. Seuss / Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel The American author succumbed to cancer on September 24, 1991, at the age of 87. He earned $33 million in 2020 after selling nearly six million books in the United States this year.
3: Charles Schulz Schulz was an American cartoonist who died of cancer on February 12, 2000, aged 77. He made $32.5 million. The Schulz estate brought in more than $110 million in revenue. Part of that is said to have come from Apple TV+.
4: Arnold Palmer He was an American professional golfer who died of heart disease on September 25, 2016. He earned $25 million.
5: Elvis Presley Presley was an entertainer who died of a heart attack on August 16, 1977, aged 42. He made $23 million in 2020
6: Kobe Bryant The American basketball player died on January 26, 2020, at the age of 41.
7: Juice WRLD The rapper died due to overdose and homicide on December 8, 2019, and made $15 million in 2020.
8: Bob Marley Marley succumbed to cancer on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36 but made $14 million in 2020. His music streams soared this year accumulating more than a billion spins globally. House of Marley, his line of speakers, turntables, and headphones, and sales of T-shirts and lighters adorned with his likeness also added more than $3 million to his coffers.
9: John Lennon The musician died on December 8, 1980, aged 40 as a result of murder and made $13 million in 2020.
10: Prince Prince died due to overdose on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57 but made $10 million in 2020.
11: Freddie Mercury Mercury succumbed to AIDS-related illness on November 24, 1991, aged 45. He made $9 million
12: George Harrison The musician succumbed to cancer aged 58 on November 29, 2001. He made $8.5 million
13: Marilyn Monroe The filmstar died of overuse of drug and earned $8 million in 2020. Monroe’s image and name are used by nearly 100 brands globally, including Dolce & Gabbana, Zales, and even Lego Group.