Highest earning dead celebrities 2017

We all know there are plenty of celebrities who earn a mint during their lifetime, but what happens when they die?

Well, it seems not much changes as many of them continue to make millions from beyond the grave in 2017.

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So, who made the most of them all in 2017?

Find out here as we take a look at Forbes' popular listing, counting down from one iconic star of the screen at number 12.

Highest earning dead celebrities

12. Elizabeth Taylor (£6 million)

Died: March 2011, aged 79
Cause: Heart Failure

Liz's enduring Hollywood glamour has found a profitable home on the QVC shopping channel.

Highest earning dead celebrities

11. David Bowie (£7.1 million)

Died: January 2016, aged 69
Cause: Cancer

It should be no surprise that Bowie's music continued to rake in millions of sales and critical acclaim following his death.

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10. Albert Einstein (£7.5 million)

Died: April 1955, aged 76
Cause: Natural causes

The iconic physicist's name and likeness has appeared on posters, tablets and even an artificial intelligence service.

Highest earning dead celebrities

9. John Lennon (£9 million)

Died: December 1980, aged 40
Cause: Murder

Already minted from solo hits and the Fab Four's back catalogue, Lennon also profited from Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show 'Love'.

Highest earning dead celebrities

8. Dr. Seuss (£12 million)

Died: September 1991, aged 87
Cause: Natural causes

'The Cat In The Hat' author Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, sold 5 million books between October 2016 to October 2017.


Highest earning dead celebrities

7. Prince (£13.5 million)

Died: April 2016, aged 57
Cause: Drug overdose

Even with the loss of a a $31 million record deal with Universal, the 'Purple Rain' singer collected millions from a new publishing deal.

Tom Petty

6. Tom Petty (£15 million)

Died: October 2017, aged 66
Cause: Cardiac arrest

The Heartbreakers grossed over $1million per night from this past year on the road. His sudden death saw a huge boost to record sales.

highest earning dead celebrities

5. Bob Marley (£17 million)

Died: May 1981, aged 36
Cause: Cancer

The reggae superstar's children turned Marley into quite the entrepreneur, with a range of top selling 'House Of Marley' speakers and headphones.

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4. Elvis Presley (£26 million)

Died: August 1977, aged 42
Cause: Heart attack

Both the new $45million Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex and recently-opened hotel The Guesthouse at Graceland, comfortable lined the King's pockets this year.

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3. Charles Schulz (£28 million)

Died: February 2000, aged 77
Cause Cancer

This year saw Snoopy and Charlie Brown stop fronting a hugely lucrative insurance company ad campaign, but the three decade-long contract doesn't actually end till 2019.

Highest earning dead celebrities

2. Arnold Palmer (£30 million)

Died: September 2016, aged 87
Cause: Heart disease

The famed golfer's Arnold Palmer-branded apparel is already stocked in 500 stores, and is now making its way into markets like Thailand and Vietnam.

Highest earning dead celebrities


1. Michael Jackson (£56 million)

Died: June 2009, aged 50
Cause: Overdose / Homicide

The King of Pop once again tops Forbes' richest dead celeb list. This past year saw the megastar profit from new album 'Scream', a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, and a hugely lucrative stake in the EMI publishing catalogue.

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Where? Palm Springs, California Desert, USA

Enjoy a stay in the historic home of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. The stunning property sleeps up to eight people and features both a pool and a spa, not to mention stunning views.

Price per person, per week: £372

Where? Welcombe, Devon

The six bedroom house is filled with plenty of bits and pieces made by the TV personality herself. The property sleeps up to 14 people and boasts a luxurious kitchen fit with an aga, a cosy living room and a number of log fires.

Price per person, per week: £248

Where? Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

This home is part of the Parrot Cay resorts and has three bedrooms, sleeping six people. The property benefits from guest services and on-site acitivites for guests. The house also has a stunning 45-foot long infinity pool and a beachside fire pit. 

Price per person, per week: £4,544

Where? Stargroves, Mustique, Saint Vincent    

Live the life of a rockstar in this six bedroom, Japanese style beachfront villa previously owned by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. The property is made up of six pavilions and sleeps up to 10 people. 

Price per person, per week: £1,244

Where? Harbor Island, San Diego, USA

Tucked away between the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and the Hilton, the 46 foot motor yacht was chartered by chart toppers, One Direction. The yacht boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.

Price per person, per week: £144

Where? Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, USA

This estate, perched above Sunset Boulevard, was once owned by Orson Wells and has space to sleep eight people. Wells isn't the only one to live at this property, other celebs include: Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and David Bowie.

Price per person, per week: £455

Where? British Virgin Islands

Described as Branson's 'home away from home', this Caribbean island has accommodation that can sleep up to 30 guests. With a wide range of activities on offer, you won't be short of things to do. 

Price per person, per week: £9,928

Where? Florence, Italy

This stunning 16th century villa features a large swimming pool, tennis court and even a lake for swimming. The estate, which can sleep up to 50 guests, is also available for hire for weddings, corporate events and holiday rentals.

Price per person, per week: £183

Where? Accord, New York, USA

This unusual house was once owned by Willem Defoe and it perfect for a creative retreat. The property boasts views of the private meadows and woods and sleeps up to four guests. The house also features a vaulted glass chef's kitchen, a writer's tower and floor to ceiling windows.

Price per person, per week: £586

Where? La Quinta, California, USA

This 39-acre, 13 bedroom equestrian compound can sleep up to 20 people and is set against the Santa Rosa Mountains. You'll have access to an infinity pool and private pond for paddle boating. 

Price per person, per week: £1,375

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