December, 2014

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Top-earning dead rock stars

Forbes’ list of top-earning deceased musicians for 2014 came out recently and the amounts of money being earned by their estates is stunning.  Here are the results of this year’s list:

Michael Jackson’s estate came in first at $140 million.

Elvis Presley’s estate takes second at $55 million.

Finishing in third is Bob Marley at $20 million.

John Lennon’s estate comes in fourth with $12 million.

Runners up include George Harrison, Tupac Shakur, Richard Rogers, Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix.

See Zack O’Malley Greenburg, The Top-Earning Dead Musicians of 2014, Forbes, Oct. 31, 2014.