Even after death, Elvis is still "The King." Forbes Magazine says Elvis Presley is still a big-time moneymaker, nearly 30 years after he died. Presley's estate earned an estimated $52 million last year.
Late Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain is just behind that. His estate earned about $50 million. Forbes says most of that money came from the sale of one-fourth of Nirvana's song catalog by Cobain's widow Courtney Love in April. Cobain committed suicide in 1994.
Others on the list of dead celebrities with major earning power are Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, and Marilyn Monroe. The use of Einstein's name and image earned the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which controls his estate, about $20 million in 2005. Disney's line of "Baby Einstein" toys and videos generated $400 million in sales last year. Warhol died in 1987, but the Andy Warhol Foundation for the visual arts earned $16 million. Even Monroe, who died in 1962, earned $8 million in 2005.
Source: Google / Updated: Jun 16, 2006