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Just because someone is dead, that doesn't mean they've stopped making tons of money. In fact, there are some deceased celebrities who manage to continue to make money, long after they've passed.
Forbes more than proved that point on Thursday, by publishing its list of the highest earning dead celebrities of 2016. The list ranks the 13 deceased celebrities whose estates brought in the most money this year, and unsurprisingly includes a few of the many stars that passed away in 2016, including David Bowie (who didn't manage to crack the top 5). Here are the top five dead stars that are still bringing in the millions.
Prince - $25 million
Prince's death by drug overdose earlier this year shocked the world. The fact that the Purple One was still touring for part of the year helped his earnings, but what really put him up on the list is all of his heartbroken fans buying up his albums and playing his songs to remember him after his death.
Elvis Presley - $27 million
He may have been dead for nearly 40 years, but the King of Rock 'n Roll is still pulling in massive amount of money well in 2016. Elvis Presley's albums still sell very well each year, and couple with the ticket prices for tourists to check out his famous home Graceland, he made multiple millions this year alone.
Arnold Palmer - $40 million
Since he only just died less than a month ago, it's no surprise that legendary golfer Arnold Palmer was able to make a pretty hefty sum in 2016. Though Palmer was retired, he did his fair share of TV spots and ads. But what really pulled in the big bucks is the fact that his name is synonymous with the ever-popular half-lemonade, half-iced tea drink.
Charles Schulz - $48 million
Though Charles Schulz died at the very start of 2000, his beloved comic strip Peanuts and its iconic characters lives on. Thanks to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the rest of his creations, Schulz has been a mainstay on this highest earners list since his death, but the Peanuts movie last year has put him closer to the number 1 slot than ever. And with a possible sequel in the works, it's safe to say Schulz isn't moving off this list anytime soon.
Michael Jackson - $825 million
There was no contest for who topped the list --- earning over 17 times what second place-finisher Charles Schulz brought in is none other than the King of Pop himself. Not only is Michael Jackson's vast catalogue of music still wildly beloved, but a recent sale by his estate totally put him over the top. Back in the '80s, Jackson purchased an ATV publishing catalogue containing a bunch of Beatles songs for $47.5 million. Though the investment was mocked at the time, it paid off big time earlier this year when Sony completed its purchase of the catalogue by paying Jackson's estate hundreds of millions of dollars!