Deceased stars who continue to make tons of money
Forbes is known for its listings of the richest people in the world. It doesn't just study the living, though. The magazine also keeps up with the celebrities who make the most money after they have died. This gallery shows its numbers from the last full decade (2010-2019). At the top of the list is Michael Jackson. He has a notable lead, too. The pop legend made $2.37 billion after passing away in June 2009.
The $476 million generated by the King is a good measure of what Elvis Presley still means to rock 'n' roll. Despite his death in August 1977, he is second on this list.
The creator of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts comic passed away in February 2000. Between 2010 and 2019, he 'made' $370 million from merchandising, rights and so on.
Even though she joined the list of deceased artists only in March 2011, the legendary actress has already generated $308 million since her death.
The legend of reggae passed away at the age of 36 in May 1981. His musical and cultural legacy remains enormous. It generated 146 million dollars in the past decade.
The $145 million generated by the late golfer Arnold Palmer, who lost his life in September 2016, is impressive. The heirs of the athlete, who's displayed here in his younger years, gained this astronomical figure in little more than three years after his death.
Theodor Seuss Geisel dedicated his life and work to children, creating characters such as the Grinch and The Cat in the Hat. Having passed away in September 1991, his legacy made a profit of $127.5 million in the past ten years.
The Beatle who deceased tragically and prematurely in December 1980 is still among the best artists in history. Between 2010 and 2019 he has generated a profit of $127 million.
Marilyn Monroe's case is fascinating. The eternal beauty of Hollywood lost her life at age 36 in August 1962. In spite of this being nearly six decades ago, she remains a role model and most lucrative figure: $113 million between 2010 and 2019.
Being the most relevant scientist of the 20th century brings great advantages for the heirs of Albert Einstein. Even though he died in April 1955, the figure of Einstein still generated 83.5 million dollars in the 2010s. Yes, it's all relative, but it's a lot of money.
This is another artist who passed away only a few years ago (three and a half, to be exact) and still made a ton of money. The singer of 'Purple Rain' died in April 2016. Since then, his rights have generated 68 million dollars.
$57 Million have come in for Steve McQueen, who was during his life the highest paid actor in the world. It's hard to realize the legendary actor died in November 1980; just one month and one day before John Lennon.
The rapper XXXTentacion died in June 2018. He reached an income of 21 million dollars in the year and a half after his death. It's all the more impressive because he was only 20 years old.
The second deceased Beatle is also on the list. In the case of George Harrison, it was lung cancer that took his life in November 2001. Despite his passing, Harrison's musical legacy continues to bring in $20.5 million over the course of a decade.
Ziggy Stardust shocked the world with his death in early 2016. His artistic legacy is undeniable and his status continues to rise, as can be seen in the $20 million he generated in the four years following his demise.
A heart attack killed Tom Petty in October 2017. Despite having only a few years in heaven, the artist has already generated $20 million for his heirs.
It's hard to believe that Bruce Lee, the ultimate martial arts master, has been dead since July 1973. He was 32 years old when he lost his life in unusual circumstances. Despite this, his shadow is still cast in martial arts movies, and his rights amounted to $16 million between 2010 and 2019.
On September 30, 1955, the rebel of Hollywood lost his life. He was 24 years old and destined to rule the world of cinema. By the time of his death, James Dean had already accumulated two Oscar nominations, although they would reach him posthumously. His image, recognizable for generations, is still worth 15.5 million dollars.
A member of the infamous 27 Club, Jimi Hendrix lost his life in September 1970. Half a century later, his musical and cultural legacies still generate 15.3 million dollars per decade.
One of the most envied men in history, he lived life as he wanted to... and up to the age of 91. Hugh Hefner died in September 2017 in his most recognizable mansion. Since then, his name has generated $15 million.
Right after he finished writing his 'Millennium' saga, Stieg Larsson suffered a heart attack that killed him in November 2004. It was only two days after he handed over the third book of the franchise to his publisher. Larsson would never see his work become a film (and book) trilogy that, between 2010 and 2019, continued to generate up to 15 million dollars.
Another rapper who died prematurely and whose work was cut short. A fan of the NBA, Nipsey Hussle lost his life in March 2019 and, despite being dead for only nine months, managed to gain $11 million posthumously.
One of the most heartfelt losses in Hollywood in recent times. The death of actor Paul Walker possibly contributed to 'Furious 7' becoming one of the highest grossing films in history. This was also reflected in Walker's bank account, managed by his heirs, with an increase of 10.5 million dollars.
The diva of the song, queen of the night and leader of the '80s and '90s charts, Whitney Houston tragically died in February 2012. She left behind the original soundtrack 'The Bodyguard' with some of the best-selling songs in history. The profit for her heirs was $9.5 million in the seven years after Whitney Houston's death.
In June 2016, one of the world's greatest boxers passed away. In the three and a half years after his death, Muhamad Ali's estate made a profit of $8 million.
The exceptional artist passed away in February 1987. His work is still highly valuable. So much so that between 2010 and 2019 Warhol has continued to generate 6 million dollars.
One of the most renowned producers of the 20th century, Aaron Spelling died in June 2006. In the following decade, his television legacy generated $5 million for his heirs.