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Michael Jackson Tops Forbes' 2016 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List

Although it’s been seven years since his passing, the Michael Jackson earns another No. 1 spot, this time on Forbes' 2016 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Sony paid The Estate of Michael Jackson $115 million for a 50/50 partnership for Sony/ATV Publishing after Michael Jackson initially bought the Sony/ATV publishing company for $47 million back in 1985 (the equivalent to $160 million today). Earlier this year, Sony bought Michael's half for $750 million. Music legends Elvis Presley and Prince close out the top 5, racking in $27 million and $25 million. Prince's Paisley Park recently opened it's doors to the public, and patrons paid anywhere from $38.50 to $100 to tour the recording studio, according to International Business Times. Check out the top ten of Forbes' highest-paid dead celebrities list here.