Michael earned more than any other dead musician in the 2012, beating Elvis Presley and Bob Marley into second and third place respectively.
Michael, who passed away in 2009, made $145 million to top the chart – calculated for the year running October 2011 to October 2012 – beating Elvis Presley into the second spot. Elvis still pulled in $55 million, despite dying in 1977, which, according to Forbes, is equivalent to the amount made by living pop star Justin Bieber in the same period.
Third on the list is reggae star Bob Marley, whose legacy lives on despite his passing in 1981. His earnings were boosted this year by the launch of the Marley’s Mellow Mood ‘relaxation drink’, various products under the House of Marley brand and a biopic of his life. The Beatles singer and songwriter John Lennnon came next, enjoying earnings of $12 million. Just behind him was musicals’ composer Richard Rogers, who brought in $6 million. John’s bandmate, George Harrison, was next with estimated earnings of $5.5 million.