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Jackson third on dead rich list

Michael Jackson
A film of Jackson rehearsing was premiered this week

Pop star Michael Jackson has been placed third in an annual list of top-earning dead celebrities compiled by Forbes magazine.

It said the star's estate had earned $90m (£54m) since his sudden death in June, aged 50.

French designer Yves Saint Laurent, who died last year, topped the list with estimated earnings of $350m (£213m).

In second place were Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, with $235m (£142m).

Expanding fortune

The songwriting duo penned the music and lyrics to shows including Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.

1. Yves Saint Laurent - $350m (£213m)
2. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein - $235m (£142m)
3. Michael Jackson - $90m (£54m)
4. Elvis Presley - $55m (£33m)
5. JRR Tolkien - $50m (£30m)
6. Charles Schulz - $35m (£21m)
7. John Lennon - $15m (£9m)
8. Theodor Geisel $15m (£9m)
9. Albert Einstein - $10m (£6m)
10. Michael Crichton - $9m (£5m)
Source: Forbes magazine

The bulk of Jackson's earnings came from selling the rights to This Is It, a film based on rehearsal footage for what would have been his comeback concerts in London.

Forbes has estimated that this income was bumped up by the sale of about 9 million albums and 5.5 million digital downloads since his death.

At number four was Elvis Presley with $55 million (£33 million).

In fifth place was The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, whose estate banked an estimated $50 million (£30 million).

But there was no place for Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Steve McQueen, who have all appeared on previous lists.

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