Elizabeth Taylor Is Tops Among Dead Celebrities

Elizabeth Taylor isn’t letting a little thing called death slow her down. The movie legend is numero uno on Forbes annual list of Top Earning Dead Celebrities. Taylor passed away due to heart failure in March 2011 and landed at No. 5 on last year’s list. This year, the Cleopatra actress stepped it up and is now the queen amongst the deceased.

Forbes is reporting Liz raked in an astonishing $210 million in the past 12 months. Much of that figure (roughly $184 million) came from her record-breaking Christie’s auction where much of her belongings and memorabilia sold for insanely high prices. With no other auctions planned, Elizabeth will undoubtedly drop on next year’s list, which should make Michael Jackson’s estate very happy. The ‘King of Pop’ was the runner-up this year by earning $145 million.

The difference between second and third place is huge. Elvis Presley was about $90 million shy of MJ’s figure with $55 million in earnings. Other dead celebrities who made the list include John Lennon, Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein (yup the scientist) and some dude named Theodor Geisel. For those who don’t know, Geisel wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. I’m sure you’ve heard of him 😉 See below to find out how they and others ranked in Forbes’ Top 10 list this year.

Top 10 Earning Dead Celebrities For 2012

  • 1. Elizabeth Taylor: $210 million
  • 2. Michael Jackson: $145 million
  • 3. Elvis Presley: $55 million
  • 4. Charles Schulz: $37 million
  • 5. Bob Marley: $17 million
  • 6. John Lennon: $12 million
  • 7. Marilyn Monroe: $10 million
  • 8. Albert Einstein: $10 million
  • 9. Theodor Geisel: $9 million
  • 10. Steve McQueen: $8 million
  • 10. Bettie Page: $8 million

I’m a little shocked that James Dean isn’t there. His image is practically everywhere. I’m sure Whitney Houston will factor in for next year’s list. Anyone on the list surprise you? Sound off below.