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In the ground but still in the money

According to Forbes magazine, the richest dead celebrity isn't Michael Jackson. Although the King of Pop's estate has been big news since his death in June, the top-earning dead celebrity is French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, Forbes said in its ninth annual poll, released Wednesday. According to the magazine, Saint Laurent earned $350 million in the past year. Much of his estate was auctioned off at Christie's in February. Saint Laurent died of brain cancer in June 2008. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein rank second with combined earnings of $235 million, followed by Jackson at $90 million.


Saint Laurent

$350 million

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

$235 million

Michael Jackson

$90 million

. Elvis


$55 million

J.R.R. Tolkien

$50 million

Charles Schulz

$35 million

John Lennon

$15 million

Theodor Geisel



Albert Einstein

$10 million



$9 million

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In the ground but still in the money 10/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:20pm]
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