Bob Marley Still Banking Paper, Makes Forbes Rich List From Beyond The Grave

Reggae legend Bob Marley is still banking paper from beyond the grave.

Forbes ranked the late reggae icon number five on its list of top earning dead celebrities.

Bob Marley, who died on May 11, 1981 from cancer, raked in US$17 million over the past 12 months. His earnings most came from record sales, a new line of eco-friendly audio and lifestyle products, and the recently added Marley Mellow Mood “Relaxation Drink.”

Beating out Michael Jackson for the top sport is actress Elizabeth Taylor, who raked in a whopping US$210 million dollars. Her earnings most came from an auction of some of her prized possessions including jewelry and paintings. She also earned US$75 million from sales of her top selling perfume White Diamonds.

The late King of pop, Michael Jackson, continues to earn big with earnings topping US$145 million most through his 50% stake in Sony/ATV publishing catalog, as well as, his own music which is still selling high volumes.

Elvis Presley came in third with US$55 million in earnings. Cartoonist Charles Schulz, who created the Peanuts comic strip, came in at No. 4 with earnings of $37 million.

“We count money coming into the estate and we don’t deduct for how the estate handles it,” Forbes said.