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Kobe Bryant joins Michael Jackson in Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Late NBA star, Kobe Bryant has joined the Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities, with the legendary pop star, late Michael Jackson topping the list, for the eighth year in a row with $48 million ( N22.1 billion) in earnings in 2020.

Bryant came in at number six after generating $20 million (N9.2 billion) in earnings since his death. He was reportedly worth $600 million (N276 billion) at the time of his death.

Michael Jackson died of an overdose of propofol on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.

According to the list released by Forbes on Friday, November 13, Jackson’s Mijac Music catalogue, which includes tunes by Elvis and Aretha Franklin, and a long-term deal with Sony accounted for more than 70% of his earnings.

Sadly, there were also young newcomers to the list – 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD and NBA Hall of Famer, Kobe Bryant. Bryant died nine months ago at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ and seven others.

Among the Forbes’ 13 highest-paid dead celebrities making a fortune in the afterlife in 2020 are: Arnold Palmer, an American professional golfer who died of heart disease on September 25, 2016. He earned $25 million; Elvis Presley Presley an entertainer, died of a heart attack on August 16, 1977, aged 42. He made $23 million in 2020.

Also among the list is Marilyn Monroe, a filmstar who died of overuse of drugs and earned $8 million in 2020. Monroe’s image and name are used by nearly 100 brands globally, including Dolce & Gabbana, Zales, and even Lego Group.

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