Michael Jackson tops dead celebrity earners

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The late King of Pop reigns supreme as a top earner for 2013. 

"Forbes" says Michael Jackson earned an estimated $160 million over the past year to top its new list of wealthy dead celebrities.  That's $35 million more than Madonna made as "Forbes'" top living celebrity, and almost triple the earnings of the next dead celeb on the list, Elvis Presley, who pulled in $55 million over the past year. 

According to "Forbes" most of Jackson's money was earned through two highly successful Cirque du Soleil tribute shows. 

The singer's music and the Jackson estate's part ownership of the Sony-ATV catalog also helped him amass millions beyond the grave.  

Third on the list is late "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles M. Schulz with $37 million in posthumous earnings, followed by last year's top earner on the dead celebrity earnings list - Elizabeth Taylor - who amassed $25 million over the past year.  Reggae legend Bob Marley is fifth with $18 million in earnings. 

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