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Forbes: Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2012

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Michael Jackson

Music’s postmortem cash king has earned more than any single living artist since his death. Jackson continues to rake in revenues from the work of other artists (through his 50% stake in the Sony/ATV publishing catalog), his own material (the Mijac Music catalog), a Cirque du Soleil show (the "Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour") and other sources. His total would be even higher if Forbes hadn’t credited the advance for the latter to last year’s $170 million total.

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