After losing out to Elizabeth Taylor last year, Michael Jackson reclaims the top slot on Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Without the $184 million from her record-breaking Christie’s auction this year, Liz drops all the way to No. 4. Meanwhile, MJ is once again the king by earning $160 million from the past year.

That figure is already impressive enough but when you compare it to the publication’s top earner on their recent Celebrity 100 list, it’s astonishing. Madonna raked in $125 million. It’s the third time in the past five years that a dead celebrity has outranked a living one. Apparently, it pays more to be dead than alive these days. Check out the rest of the Top 10 deceased celebrities below.

Top 10 Earning Dead Celebrities For 2013

  • 1. Michael Jackson: $160 million
  • 2. Elvis Presley: $55 million
  • 3. Charles M Schulz: $37 million
  • 4. Elizabeth Taylor: $25 million
  • 5. Bob Marley: $18 million
  • 6. Marilyn Monroe: $15 million
  • 7. John Lennon: $12 million
  • 8. Albert Einstein: $10 million (tie)
  • 8. Bettie Page: $10 million (tie)
  • 10. Theodor Geisel: $9 million
  • 10. Steve McQueen: $9 million