Sometimes, as we all know, your biggest pay day can come after you have passed away. Crazy, but true. How many times have you ran out and got somebody's album right after they died? I have done that plenty of times! (Thank you Elvis and Prince for the great tunes!).

Forbes Magazine has come out with their annual list of top earning dead celebrities, and most of them are not too surprising. Check out the Top 13 below, and the huge paychecks their heirs are going to earn this year.

 

  1. Michael Jackson - $825 million
  2. Charles Schultz - $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 Paige - $11 million
  11. David Bowie - $10.5 million
  12. Steve McQueen - $9 million
  13. Elizabeth Taylor - $8 million

And by the way, the $825 million earned by Michael Jackson sets a world record for the highest earnings of any entertainer in one year - dead or alive. Wow!