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Special Report
Top-Earning Dead Celebrities
Edited by Lea Goldman and David M. Ewalt 10.29.07, 3:00 PM ET

The 13 legends in our seventh annual list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities grossed a combined $232 million in the past 12 months. Many are instantly recognizable one-name wonders (Elvis, Marilyn, Warhol) who still command attention worldwide, making them marketers' ideal pitchmen.

Indeed, all the members of this year's club are the lynchpins of enormously profitable--and growing--merchandising empires. Albert Einstein's name is used to peddle Baby Einstein DVDs. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's books are a staple of every kiddie library on the planet. Hundreds of performances of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown pad the portfolio of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz each year--as well as comic strips that are still syndicated daily in thousands of newspapers worldwide. More...

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Reporting by Jake Paine. Illustrations by Krister Flodin

The Lucky 13

  1. Elvis Presley

  2. John Lennon

  3. Charles Schulz

  4. George Harrison

  5. Albert Einstein

  6. Andy Warhol

  7. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)

  8. Tupac Shakur

  9. Marilyn Monroe

  10. Steve McQueen

  11. James Brown

  12. Bob Marley

  13. James Dean


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