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Heavens Richest: 2019’s Top Earning Celebrities

How celebrities who have since passed on are still making money today


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Even when performing artists have gone beyond this world, people still clamor to listen again to the music they made. This is partly due to the influence of streaming services and the ongoing sale of their albums. In the past, sales would eventually stop when physical stores stopped carrying the collections. However, in this age, streaming services guarantee instant spins from anyone who remembers the old artists fondly, even generations after they have passed on.


According to Forbes 2019 list, the top-earning deceased artist in 2019 is none other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Despite controversy associated with his life and passing in 2009, Jackson still rakes in $60 million in licensing deals and sales of his records. Just after him in the list comes the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley at $39 million who passed on in 1977. For many years, millions of visitors have visited Elvis’ Graceland estate, prompting the addition in recent years of a $45 million addition called Elvis Presley’s Memphis.


The third on this list differs from the previous duo, as he is not a performer, but he has equally made an impact on culture all the same. Tom Schulz comes in third at $38 million, and he is famed as the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Most of that money was generated from licensing deals as well, guaranteeing a steady cash flow despite his passing in 2000. All this shows that even in death, some things such as the legacy of these celebrities keep living on and will continue to do so for the ages to come.