April 12, 2021


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Top 10 Dead Richest Celebrities

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Yes you read it right, Top 10 Richest dead celebrities, While some living beings may not boost of what this dead celebrities make. These set of celebrities who made so much money during their lifetime still earn a huge sum of money years after they died. Amazing isn’t it?
Knowingly or subconsciously celebrities make a huge impact on our lives. Their dressing, style, way of walking and everything they do is observed by us and we try to be like them/imitate them in our day-to-day life.

We take a good look at the Top 10 dead celebrities as at 2019. Eight of them originate from the United States of America which coincidentally has the highest number of Living Billionaires in the world as at 2020. But this post is not about the richest celebrities presently living, apologies to the Roger Federer, C. Ronaldo, George Lucas, Madonna’s of our time. This post is centered on a unique set of individuals whose talents and skills fetched them so much money that lasted them long after they were gone. Some of them their music made them immortal. We just can’t get tired listening to their music.

We start our countdown from the 10th well paid dead celebrity.

10 Nipsey Hussle
Category – (Musician)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($11 million)
Date of birth and Death: (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019)

Born as Ermias Joseph Asghedom. This American rapper, activist, and entrepreneur was best known for his numerous mixtapes, which included his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues, and Crenshaw.

His 2018 debut studio album Victory Lap was a commercial success, and was nominated for the Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019.

He has Two posthumous Grammy Awards for the songs “Racks in the Middle” and “Higher” which were awarded in the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Performance categories, respectively, the next year at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

In 2019, The rapper’s music was streamed about 1.85 billion times, third most. On March 31, 2019, Hussle was shot outside his store Marathon Clothing in South Los Angeles. He died at the age of 33. Business savvy is eternal: His music which has 1.85 billion streams, is at a rate greater than most artists dead or alive. It remains if his record will surpass those of other Dead artist that have remained in the top spots for years.

9 Prince
Category – (Musician)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($12 million)
Date of birth and Death: (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. His songs continues to move music, which includes almost half a billion on-demand streams. He had success with the albums Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981) and 1999 (1982).

Some of his awards included the Grammy President’s Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, the Billboard Icon Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016. His music has sold about half a billion streams and more than 300,000 physical units in 2019. He died in April 21, 2016 at the age 57 due to overdose of drugs.

8. Marilyn Monroe
Category – (Actor)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($13 million)
Date of birth and Death: ( June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962)

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was an American actress, model, and singer. She was famous for playing comedic characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s. Known also for her “blonde bombshell”.

In the early 1950s Monroe became one of the most sought after Hollywood stars. This saw her in leading roles in the film noir Niagara, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her work in Some Like It Hot (1959), a critical and commercial success. The drama The Misfits (1961) became her last completed film prior to her sudden death. She remains one of the beloved departed stars in licensing. Her name is on Montblanc pens, Chanel products and a jewelry line with Zales. On August 4, 1962, Marilyn died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.

  1. John Lennon
    Category – (Musician)
    Country – (United Kingdom)
    Estimated earnings for 2019. ($14 million)
    Date of birth and Death: (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

Born John Winston Lennon. He was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained global fame as the founder, rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the Beatles. He is known for his songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney which still remains the most successful in musical history. He started the Plastic Ono Band with in 1969 with his second wife, Yoko Ono.

After the disbandment of the Beatles in 1970, He continued as a solo artist. His first solo LP John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band had the international top 10 singles “Give Peace a Chance”, “Instant Karma!”, “Imagine” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”.

In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, and in 2008, he was ranked by Rolling Stone the fifth-greatest singer of all time. In 1987, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, both as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994. Their group Beatles’ streaming and digital sales also add up to about 2.2 million U.S. album-equivalents in 2019. His Fellow Beatle George Harrison made the list in the Top 11-20 list. He died of gunshots wound in Dec. 8, 1980, at the age 40.

6. Dr. Seuss
Category – (Author)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($19 million)
Date of birth and Death: March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991

Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel was an American children’s author, illustrator, cartoonist, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. A multifaceted artist known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.
Most of his work includes most of the popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies with most of the work been translated into more than 20 languages by the time he died.

He had licensing deals with Hallmark and Universal Studios. He wrote children’s books, some of these classics like If I Ran the Zoo (1950), Horton Hears a Who! (1955), If I Ran the Circus (1956), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). He had a fruitful career, publishing over 60 books many of which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, five feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.

Geisel won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
About 5 million of his books are sold each year. He died in Sept. 24, 1991 at the age of 87 of Oral cancer.

5 Bob Marley
Category – (Musician)
Country – (Jamaica)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($20 million)
Date of birth and Death: (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

Our next richest dead celebrity was a political singer whose songs became the conscience of the people and the Government. Listening to his music you could feel him preaching to you. Born as Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley. Bob Marley a Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician was widely known for his love for marijuana. His song “No women, no cry” is still famous till date.

Marley is considered one of the pioneers of reggae, He was also known for his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Due to his music influence there has been an increased visibility of Jamaican music in the global music scene. His greatest hits album Legend was released in 1984, and became the best-selling reggae album of all time.

Marley also ranks as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of more than 75 million records worldwide. He was posthumously honored by Jamaica soon after his death with a designated Order of Merit by his nation. In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked him No. 11 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Marley’s music has streaming spins to the tune of 1 billion a year, This also includes company products such as headphones, speakers, turntables and a line of cannabis accessories. He died of Melanoma (skin cancer) in 11th May 1981 at the age of 36.

4 Arnold Palmer (Golf, United States, $30 million)
Category – (Golf)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($30 million)
Date of birth and Death: (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016)

He was an American professional golfer generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in sport’s history. As far back as 1955, he had won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and the circuit presently known as PGA Tour Champions. Due to his success in the game, he was nicknamed The King. He was one of golf’s most popular stars who became the first superstar of the television age of sports, which started in the 1950s. His beverage line has also been a huge success.

Palmer alongside other golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player were known as the “The Big Three” in golf during the 1960s; they are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world. With a career which spanned more than six decades, he won 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973. He is presently fifth on the Tour’s all-time victory list, trailing only Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan.

He won seven major titles in a six-plus-year domination from the 1958 Masters to the 1964 Masters. He also won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. He was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 . He died in Sept. 25, 2016, due to heart disease at the age 87.

Before we continue with the remaining 3 dead richest celebrities
Here are also worthy of mention Whitney Houston (musician), XXXTentacion (Rapper), George Harrison (Musician), Muhammad Ali (Boxer), Albert Einstein (Scientist), Elizabeth Taylor (Actor), Bettie Page (Model), David Bowie (Musician), James Dean (Actor), Bruce Lee (Actor). They featured among the Top 10 in previous years but have been replaced as at 2019.

Our 3 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities.
3 Charles Schulz
Category – (Cartoonist)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($38 million)
Date of birth and Death: (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000)

1978: Portrait of American cartoonist Charles M Schulz (1922 – 2001), creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, sitting at his studio drawing table with a picture of his character Charlie Brown and some awards behind him. Schulz created the comic strip in 1950. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Charles Schulz was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others). He is highly regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time. His comics is still loved and read by many comic lovers.

Besides the sale of his comics, most part of his earnings also came through the license sold to Fox’s animation studio, Blue Sky His Peanuts franchise is now in its 70th anniversary.
With the licensing deal with MetLife, Christmas and Halloween TV specials, along with the book collections, the money just doesn’t seem to stop flowing in. He died in Feb. 12, 2000 as a result of Colon cancer at the age 77.

2 Elvis Presley
Category – (Musician)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($39 million)
Date of birth and Death: (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

Born Elvis Aaron Presley. He was an American singer and actor. He is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or as “the King”. He is also regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His songs “Falling in love with you” and “Always on My Mind” are still popular among the public. His music is still loved by many many years after his death.

Presley was the best-selling solo music artist of all time, he was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, R&B, adult contemporary, and gospel. He won three Grammy Awards, while also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into several music halls of fame. He had the most number-one albums and number-one singles on the UK Albums Chart and UK Singles Chart, respectively. In 2018, Presley was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump.

Presley albums still sells about 1 million albums a year. Graceland, his house in Memphis which is now like a tourist site, receives averages about 500,000 visitors a year. A biopic movie of his life is currently in the making and expected to hit the cinema in 2021. He died of Heart attack in Aug. 16, 1977, at the age 42.

And yes our Richest Dead Celebrities at the number one spot is the legendary music icon. Talk of a legend in the music world and you have a winner in Michael Jackson

1 Michael Jackson
Category – (Musician)
Country – (United States)
Estimated earnings for 2019. ($60 million)
Date of birth and Death: (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Born as Michael Joseph Jackson. Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Nicknamed the “King of Pop”. He has been regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers in Music history. MJ remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide. His album Thriller is still the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 66 million copies worldwide. The profits of Thriller album surged to 2.1 billion, up from 1.8 billion in 2018.

Jackson had 13 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era, and was also the first artist to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades. His numerous awards include 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend and Grammy Lifetime Achievement awards, 6 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records, including the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”.

Some of Jackson’s proceeds mostly comes from his Mijac Music catalog, a Las Vegas show and a long-term deal with Sony having a 50% stake in Sony/ATV publishing catalog. In 2016, his estate sold a huge stake in Sony/ATV.

Yes the King of Pop has continued to rule the list years after his death. He has held the top spot for the past seven years. His “Immortal World Tour,” was reported to have earned over $160 million dollars in the last 12 months. He was once married to Elvis Presley’s daughter. He died as a result of Overdose (homicide) in June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.

Hope you enjoyed our Top 10 list. Stay tuned for our next Top 10categories next week.

SOURCES: www.forbes.com, en.wikipedia.org

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