- Michael Jackson, $170 million;
- Elvis Presley, $55 million;
- Marilyn Monroe, $27 million;
- Charles Schulz, $25 million; and
- John Lennon, $12 million.
The entire list goes out to the top 15. Read more here. In some cases, dead celebrities earn more after death than they did during life. The boon for Michael Jackson's estate has been attributed to a partnership with Cirque Du Soliel, which has launched Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.