Michael Jackson's ghost earned £75m this year

These dead celebrities earned more in 2015, dead, than you ever will alive. Here's how much they earned, according to the Forbes dead celebrity rich list...

1. Michael Jackson: $115m (£75m)

Died in 2009 aged 50.

Michael Jackson has topped the list for the third year in the row, making him the most successful corpse in the history of the list.

He currently make money from music sales, the Vegas Cirque due Soleil show Michael Jackson One, the Mijac Music catalogue and Sony/ATV.

But this year's figure is a drop from the $140m he made last year. His ghost must be livid.

2. Elvis Presley: $55m (£35.8m)

Died in 1977 from a heart attack aged 42.

The King of Rock makes more money than many living stars from people visiting Graceland, his home.

His album Elvis Presley Forever, which contained no new tracks, became his 53rd Top 40 album in August this year.

3. Charles Schulz: $40m (£26m)

Died in 2000 aged 77.

The Peanuts creator is making money from beyond the grave through licensing revenue from the comic.

Charlie Brown and friends are hitting the big screen in November in The Peanuts Movie.

4. Bob Marley: $21m (£13.7m)

Died from cancer in 1981 aged 36.

The reggae star's estate is still making money from his Marley Beverage Company and House of Marley audio and "lifestyle products", as well as his excellent music.

5. Elizabeth Taylor: $20m (£13m)

Died from heart failure in 2011 aged 79.

Taylor's hugely successful perfume White Diamonds still continues to sell well even after 24 years.

6. Marilyn Monroe: $17m (£11m)

Died from an overdose in 1962 aged 36.

The Some Like It Hot star remains a Hollywood icon. The Authentic Brand Group bought the rights to her brand in 2011. Despite dying over 50 years ago she has now launched a lingerie line.

7. John Lennon: $12m (£7.8m)

Murdered in 1980 aged 40.

The Beatle continues to earn money posthumously through sales of the band's records and other ventures such as the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show Love!

It's unclear why he's earning much more than fellow deceased Beatle George Harrison.

8. Albert Einstein: $11m (£7.1m)

Died from natural causes in 1955 aged 76.

The German-born physicist still has a cult following with many branded products and posters. E=mc££££ apparently.

9. Paul Walker: $10.5m (£6.8m)

Died in a car crash in 2013 aged 40.

The actor was filming Furious 7 when he was killed in the crash. The film went on to make $1.5bn at the box office.

10. Bettie Page: $10m (£6.5m)

Died in 2008 from natural causes aged 85.

The Playboy pin-up licensed her sex appeal and it was used for clothing and underwear lines.

A Vegas show featuring a hologram of one of her striptease acts is also thought to be in the works. Sort of like a sexy ghost.

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