Elvis Presley Tops RIP Rich List

The singer regains his crown for the 7th annual Forbes list

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Elvis Presley has topped the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list once again with an income, this year, of £23.7 million.

Presley may have died in 1977, but the Elvis Estate continues to make huge amounts of money from royalties, licensing and tourism, through his former home Graceland in Memphis.

The King was last at the top pf the annually compiled list in 2005, after being pipped briefly in last year’s list.


Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain was the Top Earning Dead Celebrity last year after his widow Courtney Love sold 25% of her stake in the Nirvana catalogue to Primary Wave.

The former Beatle John Lennon ranked second in this year’s list with $44m (£21.3m), while Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz came in third.

Lennon’s Beatle bandmate George Harrison was fourth with $22m (£10.6m).


The list is compiled annually by US publication Forbes.

The full 2007 top ten is:

1. Elvis Presley – $49m

2. John Lennon – $44m

3. Charles M Schulz – $35m

4. George Harrison – $22m

5. Albert Einstein – $18m

6. Andy Warhol – $15m

7. Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) – $13m

8. Tupac Shakur – $9m

9. Marilyn Monroe – $7m

10. Steve McQueen – $6m


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