NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday October 19, 2016 – In a replay of the last few years’ rankings, Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley has once again featured in the top 10 of Forbes magazine’s top-earning dead celebrities.
Taking sixth place on the rich list, Marley was the only Caribbean star to shine among a galaxy dominated by North American and British luminaries.
The enduring “One Love” singer is said to be still earning steadily since his death at the age of 36 in 1981, with a line of fruit flavoured drinks, accessories and the familiar T-shirts bearing his name.
The “Redemption Song” star has also sold well over 75 million albums in the past two decades and reportedly hauled in US$21 million year-to-date.
Like everyone else, Marley still has a way to go to catch up with first-placed Michael Jackson, who was 50 years old when he passed away in 2009.
In 2016, the late King of Pop earned a staggering $825 million, making him far and away the biggest dead celebrity earner of the year.
A long way behind in second place is Peanuts creator Charles Schulz who earned $48 million. He died in 2009.
Golfer Arnold Palmer died on September 25 at the age of 87 and as is included in the list at number three, although most of his $40 million earnings were made while he was still alive.
The late King of Rock, Elvis Presley, died aged 42 in 1977 and is ranked fourth with $27 million, while Prince, who died in April, is fifth with $25 million.
Children’s author Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel) made the list at number seven with $20 million, while Beatles songwriter John Lennon, who was murdered in 1980 age 40, made $12 million.
Placing ninth is physicist Albert Einstein, who died in 1955, with $11.5 million. Original pin-up girl Bettie Page placed 10th with $11 million.
David Bowie, who was 69 when he died from cancer in January, earned $10.5 million, while actor Steve McQueen earned $9 million. The Great Escape star died in 1980 at age 50.
Elizabeth Taylor, who died five years ago, rounded off the list with $8 million