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Our Timeless Stars Still Earn a Lot

Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson from left to right

After their death, some celebrities continue to bring in astronomical sums for their heirs, notably thanks to the rights to their works. Here is the ranking of the eight most lucrative deceased celebrities in 2023, according to a study by Statista.

Michael Jackson: 107.2 million euros

The King of Pop, who died in 2009 at the age of 50, continues to fascinate the whole world. In 2023, Michael Jackson earned more than 107.2 million euros. The phenomenal success of Broadway MJ: The Musical brought in about 85 million euros. Jackson remains a living legend in Las Vegas thanks to the Cirque du Soleil show, Michael Jackson ONE, which attracts crowds every year.

Elvis Presley: 93.2 million euros

The King of Rock’n’Roll, who died in 1977 at 42 years old, remains a timeless icon. In 2023, Elvis Presley generated more than 93.2 million euros. His residence, Graceland, attracted more than 600,000 visitors last year, generating considerable revenue through tours and merchandising. Songs like Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog continue to ignite the hearts of fans around the world.

Whitney Houston: 27.9 million euros

The unforgettable voice of Whitney Houston, who passed away in 2012 at 48 years old, continues to resonate. In 2023, she brought in more than 27.9 million euros. Her iconic tracks like I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing remain timeless classics. The biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody achieved worldwide success, grossing nearly 60 million dollars in December 2023.

Prince: 27.9 million euros

The enigmatic Prince, who died in 2016 at 57 years old, earned more than 27.9 million euros in 2023. Known for his electrifying performances and unique style, Prince continues to captivate with tracks like Purple Rain and Kiss. His musical legacy remains a source of inspiration for many contemporary artists.

John Lennon: 20.5 million euros

The ex-Beatle, assassinated in 1980 at 40 years old, brought in more than 20.5 million euros in 2023. John Lennon, with his pacifist songs like Imagine and Woman, continues to touch hearts. His vision and message of peace and love persist in inspiring new generations.

This money, earned thanks to the works and fame of these legendary artists, is then passed on to their respective heirs, ensuring posthumous fortunes that perpetuate their legacy enduringly.