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Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson Top “Forbes” List of Dead Celebs

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(NEW YORK) — Forbes has released its annual list of the highest earning dead celebrities, and even after death, Elizabeth Taylor is still hanging out with Michael Jackson.

Taylor tops the 2012 list with an impressive $210 million posthumous purse thanks to sales of her jewelry and her perfume line, nudging out the former King of Pop, who earned $145 million in the past 12 months.

Others in the top five include Elvis Presley — number three on the list — with earnings of $55 million, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, whose estate raked in $37 million, and the late Bob Marley, who earned $17 million.  The list is based on earnings for one year, starting in October 2011.

Here is the Forbes list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities in 2012:

1. Liz Taylor, $210 Million
2. Michael Jackson, $145 Million
3. Elvis Presley, $55 Million
4. Charles Schulz, $37 Million
5. Bob Marley, $17 Million
6. John Lennon, $12 Million
7. Marilyn Monroe, $10 Million
7. Albert Einstein, $10 Million
9. Dr. Seuss, $9 Million
10. Steve McQueen, $8 Million

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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