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Bob Marley is fourth highest earning dead celeb - Forbes

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 11:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Bob Marley

Reggae legend Bob Marley is again making headlines after he was listed among Forbes' richest dead celebrities yet again.

The iconic reggae singer moved up one place from last year to take fourth place on the list of highest-earning dead celebrities. The late singer raked in a cool $21 million over the past year, one million more than he earned last year. In addition to his music, much of the late singer's annual earnings came from the Marley Beverage company, producers of the drink Marley's Mellow Mood and House of Marley, makers of the eco-friendly audio and lifestyle products bearing the entertainer's name.

The $21 million earned by Marley over the last year may seem a lot, but is only a mere drop in the money pool when compared to the figure grossed by the highest dead earner on Forbes' list. The top spot is occupied by none other than the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. The singer holds the number one position for yet another year, raking in a cool $115 million over the past year. The main drivers of Jackson's afterlife fortune include the Vegas Cirque du Soleil show - Michael Jackson One - the Mijac Music catalogue, recorded music sales and half of the Sony /ATV publishing empire.

From the King of Pop to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley. Presley came in at number two on the list, earning $55 million. Cartoonist Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts character, is number three on the list with earnings of $40 million, while legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor completes the top five with a $20-million earning over the last year.