Michael Jackson, arguably the greatest performer of all time, has built his brand to generate revenue- even if he means after he’s dead. In the past year, The King of Pop as we know him today has made over 800 million before taxes (per Forbes). While the majority of his big day, (or year, rather) has come from selling his portion of his partnership with Sony, he still has generated income from his Mijac Music catalog. Undercreditted for the business moves he has made while he was still a living icon, MJ, as of recent, has moved into the Forbes “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities of 2017”, affront Arnold Palmer and Charles Schulz, the American Cartoonist responsible for the famous cartoon we recognize as Peanuts.
According to the IRS, when MJ died in 2009, he left with a 500 million dollar net worth and between October 2016 and October 2017 (per Forbes). With his deals and partnerships still in contract, the King will continue to collect his hard earned money, even he’s got to do it from beyond the grave.