Ever wonder if a dead person could make some money? Well your question to the universe has been answered… I started to wonder if it was actually possible. I searched it on Google, and it said that some people make money from souvenirs and merchandise etc. even after they are dead. It might come as no surprise that Michael Jackson comes in at the number one spot, but who else is there?
If you know the Golf Legend Arnold Palmer, well he claims the Number 2 spot with 40 MILLION dollars for being the #2 of most making money as a dead celeb. After his death nearly more than 400 stores still sell “Palmer brand apparel in Ssia and AriZona Beverages produces 400 million cans of its Arnold Palmer line annually.” says Forbes . Some stores even sell the Arnold Palmer which is a mix of iced tea and lemonade, including Chick-fil-a.
According to Forbes, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranks third with income of $38 million—MetLife recently retired Snoopy and Charlie Brown from its ad campaigns, but the cartoonist’s contract does not expire until 2019.
Elvis Presley finishes fourth with $35 million, up from last year’s $27 million sum thanks to the new $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex and recently opened hotel, The Guesthouse, at Graceland.
Bob Marley rounds out the top five with $23 million, boosted by sustainability-focused House of Marley audio products and the Marley Beverage Co. “When we decided to start that movement, it was [to] add relevancy to who we are as a family,” says Marley’s son Rohan. “We started that to really home in on our legacy and protect what our father has given us.”
The Forbes list measures pretax income from October 15, 2016 through October 15, 2017 before deducting cuts for agents, managers and lawyers. Sources include Nielsen SoundScan, IMDB, Pollstarpro and interviews with celebrity estate experts.
So there you go a dead person can make some money!
Story by Sydney Edwards