Forbes reveals top earning dead celebrities

Michael Jackson heads up the annual list for the second year in a row.
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Just ahead of Halloween, Forbes has published its annual list of the top earning dead celebrities.

The 15 people on the list earned a combined $366 milion between October 2010 and October 2011.

Michael Jackson took first place in the listing for the second year running. Over the past 12 months, his estate brought in $170 million from sales of his music and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalogue.

The new Cirque show - Viva Elvis - helped Elvis Presley to second place on the list with $55 million.

Third was Marilyn Monroe ($27 million), followed by Charles Schulz ($25 million), John Lennon ($12 million), Elizabeth Taylor ($12 million), Albert Einstein ($10 million), Theodor Geisel ($9 million), Jimi Hendrix ($7 million), Stieg Larsson ($7 million) and Steve McQueen ($7 million).

To place on the list, a deceased celebrity had to have earned at least $6 million between October 2010 and October 2011. To compile the list, Forbes spoke to agents, lawyers and other sources to estimate each star's gross earnings.

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