Fortune Magazine and Forbes Magazine have come out with their list of the highest earning celebrities this past year who are deceased. Some celebrities are so ubiquitous that they continue to earn money decades after dying. Royalties from music, sales of books and records, money from television specials and performances, ownership of music catalogues, money from using the celebrity likeness on products and much more add to the ongoing income. Often a celebrities sudden and surprising death will enhance sales of celebrity owned merchandise. The list of highest earning dead celebrities is based on pre-tax earnings between October 15, 2016 and October 15, 2017. The amounts do not include cuts taken by agents, managers and attorneys.
Here are the 20 highest earning dead celebrities.