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13 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities


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Elvis Presley -- $42 million
The King was recently dethroned as the top-earning dead celebrity.
The King was recently dethroned as the top-earning dead celebrity.

Until 2006, Elvis had been the number one money-making dead celebrity for years. Die-hard fans continue to­ buy box sets, remastered recordings, biographies, and other Elvis memorabilia by the millions, even though there's been no new material from the King since he died in 1977. In addition to merchandising, income comes from ticket sales at Graceland and the licensing of Elvis's identity to developers in Las Vegas who are planning a new Elvis attraction.