Michael Jackson Tops Forbes' 2016 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List

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Although it's been nine years since his passing, the King of Pop's lucrative empire only continues to grow, as Michael Jackson earns another No. 1 spot, this time on Forbes' 2016 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list.

Sony paid the singer $115 million for a 50/50 partnership for Sony/ATV Publishing after Jackson initially bought the Sony/ATV publishing company for $47 million back in 1985 (the equivalent to $160 million today). Earlier this year, Sony bought Jackson's half for $750 million, giving the pop legend his highest payout to date. 


Cartoonist Charles Schulz -- known best for his iconic Peanuts franchise -- bows in at No. 2 with $48 million. The 2015 Peanuts' reboot The Peanuts Movie pulled in $45 million during it's weekend debut. Golf veteran Arnold Palmer, who passed away just last month, claims the No. 3 spot with $40 million. 

Music legends Elvis Presley and Prince close out the top 5, racking in $27 million and $25 million. Prince's Paisley Park recently opened it's doors to the public, and patrons paid anywhere from $38.50 to $100 to tour the recording studio, according to International Business Times. 

Check out the top ten of Forbes' highest-paid dead celebrities list here.

10. Bettie Page - $11 million
9. Albert Einstein - $11.5 million
8. John Lennon - $12 million
7. Theador Geiel "Dr. Seuss" - $20 million
6. Bob Marley - $21 million
5. Prince - $25 million
4. Elvis Presley - $27 million
3. Arnold Palmer - $40 million
2. Charles Schulz - $48 million
1. Michael Jackson - $825 million