They made lots of money when alive as they gained international fame and acclaim. Even in death, they are still raking in millions, often surpassing the living.
Thanks to factors such as the worldwide use of their films, faces, and franchises as well as album sales, they have been able to maintain their fortune even in the grave.
The top-earning dead celebrities measures pretax income from October 1, 2018 through October 1, 2019. Forbes compiles the numbers with the help of data from Nielsen Music, IMDBPro and interviews with industry insiders. Fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Check them out: