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Michael Jackson Top-Earning Dead Celeb

Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ 10th-annual list of highest-earning dead celebrities, which was released Monday. Jackson reportedly earned $275 million in 2010, taking in more money than this year’s two biggest living acts, U2 and AC/DC. David Reeder, vice president of Corbis’ GreenLight, which manages the personality rights for Albert Einstein and Steve McQueen, says that “The death of Michael Jackson really put a focus on—crassly, quite frankly—what someone’s worth when they’re deceased.” Other deceased celebrities on the list include John Lennon, Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stieg Larsson, and George Steinbrenner.