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Michael Jackson named top-earning dead celebrity

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Oct 23, 2013 | 1:07pm EDT

Singer Michael Jackson has been named the top-earning dead celebrity of 2013. The administrators of the King of Pop's estate have brought in an estimated $160 million (GBP106.6 million) in the past year, according to Forbes magazine, thanks to deals with Cirque du Soleil and recorded music sales. Jackson beats Elvis Presley, whose daughter Lisa-Marie was once the pop star's wife, and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M Schulz, who comes in third with a $37 million (GBP24.6 million) fortune. Elizabeth Taylor and reggae star Bob Marley round out the top five. Ironically, Jackson topped the very much alive Madonna on the pop fortune list - the Material Girl singer was named the top earner on the 2013 celebrity 100 list, with $125 million (GBP83.3 million) in earnings.

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