There’s an abnormal wonder that accompanies kicking the bucket. Record deals go up, memorabilia is violently tore from the racks and almost anything that can be purchased will be purchased trying to keep the association alive. All things considered, some of the time the free for all never stops and individuals simply continue purchasing making for an irregular wonder in which somebody is rich after death. Today, we’ll take a gander at these individuals.
15. Michael Jackson
There’s something to be said about someone who achieved the biggest selling album in musical history. His album Thriller has sold well over 117 million copies – and counting. Record sales will never stop even if he has and ironically enough his estate has inflated to massive proportions since his passing.
14. Elvis Presley
And then we have one of the first American pretty boys to hit and basically invent the rock n roll image around the world. Not only has his fan base of clones and impersonators grown but so has his wealth. People have continued to buy his works and official merchandise inflating him to a cool 55 million dollar estate.
13. Marilyn Monroe
It’s rather sad to say that Marilyn Monroe’s image has been used almost a little too much. From gaudy t-shirts to tacky mugs to strange recreations, her face has found a home on the front and center of tons of merchandise. We’re sure her estate isn’t complaining considering that the estate is worth a solid 50 million these days.
12. Charles Schulz
What’s the worth of a dog and his spunky if not bland friends gathering together and having micro epiphanies about life? $25 million, that’s what. This is what Charles Schulz, the creator of the famed Peanuts comic strip makes to this day. His comics are even still syndicated around the world and the Snoopy character is even the mascot to various firms.
11. John Lennon
It’s hard to put a price tag on a band as prolific and iconic as John Lennon. But we’ll try! Just for scale, we should not that John Lennon on his own has made over $12 million since his passing. There’s something to be said about that, really.
10. Elizabeth Taylor
Having died in 2011, you wouldn’t expect Liz to be worth over $30 million – but she is! She’s gathered and earned this from many licensed products from fancy perfumes to lines of clothes to, well, almost anything you can imagine really. Elizabeth Taylor would be proud.
9. Albert Einstein
We’re not altogether sure who owns Albert Einsteins estate but it’s definitely surprising that he’s gone on to earn $10 million for the constant use of his image as a staple.
8. Theodor Geisel
You probably know him better – scratch that – you definitely know him better as Dr. Seuss. Creator of the Cat in the Hat himself, Dr. Seuss’ estate is owned by various companies and is worth almost $20 million.
7. Jimi Hendrix
Excuse me as I kiss the sky he famously sang. Though we imagine that while he’s kissing said sky, he’s counting cash. From posters to movies to DVDs to essentially anything you can imagine, Jimi Hendrix is worth upwards $7 million. WE can’t imagine that this train will be stopping anytime soon.
6. Stieg Larsson
This is the guy who wrote The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the other two books you probably haven’t heard of. Since his untimely death, his books alone have garnered over $7million worth.
5. Steve McQueen
Seeing a pattern here? Steve McQueen is another prince of cool who worth $7 million these days. It takes effort to make money for this long after passing away. What would it take to achieve such a thing? Who knows.
4. Richard Rodgers
You probably don’t know this guy but here’s a quick refresher” To think that he no longer earns from his partnership with Hammerstein for songs from The King and I and The Sound of Music! Richard Rodgers’ heirs still earn for his songs like Blue Moon. Hard to be blue with $7 million, however!
3. George Harrison
Like Lennon, there’s something to be said about the dead Beetles and their worth. George Harrison, third most popular Beatle, he may have smaller earnings than Lennon. But with songs like Something and Here Comes the Sun, $6 million can hardly be described as small.
2. Bettie Page
Whips and chains can’t hold down the ultimate pin-up of the 1950s! Between a biopic, a clothing line named after her, and endless merchandise, all have boosted earnings by $6 million after her death. Looks like sex really does sell!
1. Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was known as a boring person – at least by his standards. For the rest of us, nothing could be further from the truth. This is made much more clear by the fact that his estate is worth millions. Is it really a surprise though? His work has been featured in many galleries and the staggering amount of products.