Richest Dead Celebrities 2005

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Article discussing the Forbes top earning dead celebrity list for 2005.
Includes a list of the top 10 highest earning departed famous people for the year.


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The Forbes highest earning dead celebrities list has measured the earning power of famous people still bringing in the millions from their grave. It is a somewhat morbid kind of list to compile, but being close to Halloween somehow excuses Forbes for such a list.. Oh, and there's 13 celebs on the list.

Those on the dead celebs list can't really release new material from the grave, but their royalties and rights to use their work or images can still earn them more than many celebrities still living! When films about them are released or new compilations of music are put on shelves their earning can skyrocket, but the usual few mega-celebrities remain steady on the list.

Elvis Presley is popular year in and year out, giving him the number one position comfortably with $45 million in earnings for the year. While the Beetles singer John Lennon continues to bring in the millions from his song royalties and Lennon merchandise, with his widow Yoko Ono controlling the $22 million for the year.

The famous pop artist Andy Warhol that once said "Death means a lot of money, honey. Death can really make you look like a star" was absolutely correct. He came in fourth on the list with earnings of $16 million. The Andy Warhol Foundation is continuing on with Warhol's business savvy, selling countless reproductions, merchandise and several original Warhols.

Here's the lucky 13 according to the Forbes business magazine's "Top Earning Dead Celebrities" listing for 2005.


Top 13 High Earning Dead Celebrities
  1. Elvis Presley - Singer, died August 16, 1977 - Earned $45 million for the year
  2. Charles Schulz - Peanuts Cartoonist, died February 12, 2000 - Earned $35 million
  3. John Lennon - Singer, died December 8, 1980 - Earned $22 million
  4. Andy Warhol - Pop Artist, died February 22, 1987 - Earned $16 million
  5. Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel - Author, died September 24, 1991 - Earned $10 million
  6. Marlon Brando - Actor, died July 1, 2004 - Earned $9 million
  7. Marilyn Monroe - Actress, died August 5, 1962 - Earned $8 million
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien - Author of the Lord of the Rings, died September 2, 1973 - Earned $8 million
  9. George Harrison - Singer, died November 29, 2001 - Earned $7 million
  10. Johnny Cash - Singer, died September 12, 2003 - Earned $7 million
  11. Irving Berlin - Songwriter, died September 22, 1989 - Earned $7 million
  12. Bob Marley - Reggae Singer, died May 11, 1981 - Earned $6 million
  13. Ray Charles - Musician, died June 10, 2004 - Earned $6 million

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