Success is all about money they say. I wonder how much true that is. Well, if we consider materialistic success then somehow it requires you to be rich. However, not every rich can call him successful. Anyhow, it is not about money what we are discussing here; it is about what is success. Well, being successful to me is that I was born with no identity and after death people remember my name in good words. There are people who have died but are still remembered. And there is more to it, there are celebrities who are still earning even when they are dead and are resting in their graves. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Like what can be more interesting than this, being dead and still earning. Yes! I too was a lot surprised when I came to know that there are celebrities who are earning still after being dead. And they are in a huge number. Here I present to you the top 10 highest earning dead celebrities of the world.
10. Michael Crichton
There are people who write good when they are alive but nobody knows them. And then after their death when their children or grandchildren publish their pieces of writings he gets a name in the list of best writers. Michael Crichton has the same story. He had novels at the time of death though but his book Pirate Latitudes was published after his death and his another book was published a year after his death. His net worth after death is around 9 million dollars.
9. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein’s estate has been earning money by licensing the likeness of Einstein in places such as, in the movie Night at the Museum as a bobble-head and in the McDonald’s happy meal and many other places. His name is also being used in baby Einstein products. The Einstein estate is also planning to release brain games as well. The net worth of Einstein is 10 million dollars.
8. Dr. Seuss
Another writer in the list of highest earning dead celebrities is Dr. Seuss. He maintains his name here in the list as he is still one of the most popular and best-selling children’s books author. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax has also been filmed in 2012. His total earnings after death are 15 million dollars.
7. John Lennon
John Lennon and the Beatles have done amazing work in 2010. The Beatle’s music was re-mastered and was still a hit at the box office. John Lennon’s net worth is also 15 million dollars.
6. Charles Schulz
The Peanuts comic creator, Charles Schulz, has been earning and is still earning huge amount f money by licensing publication of the original comics. The Warner brothers purchased its television catalog. His total worth is now 35 million dollars.
5. J.R.R. Tolkien
There are only a few people, who are not familiar with the author of the Lord of the Rings series.
J.R.R. Tolkien created the Lord of the Rings franchise and passed away. After his death his novel series was filmed. These films have helped the J.R.R. Tolkien state bring in a lot of money. Now his net worth has reached 50 million dollars. Recently released, The Hobbit also proved to be a huge success for the writer.
4. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley has been earning huge amount of money after his death. The King of Rock n’ Roll is net worth 55 million dollars now. He has been earning largely because of licensing and merchandise deals and also the Graceland admissions.
3. Michael Jackson
The king of dance and rock, Michael Jackson, has posthumously earned millions from radio airplay,music video marathons, and album sales immediately after his death. His net worth is now 90 million dollars. His estate has also been earning from merchandise deal and rights to his name and likeness. Future earnings of the estate would be high for publishing rights to his music catalog.
2. Rodgers & Hammerstein
The very well-known music composers Rodgers and Hammerstein have died many years ago although but they are still earning a lot. Their combined estate is net worth of 235 million dollars. The Imagem Music group recently gained ownership of the musical like Oklahoma, South Pacific and The King and I, and thus their earnings increased.
1. Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent is the highest earning dead celebrity so far. That might be because of the recent sales of the Mondrians and Matisses art pieces. The sales brought in a whopping 443 million dollars to the state. And it was declared that half of the auction price would be given to charity. But still Saint Laurent’s earnings have reached half a billion since his death.