MJ has topped the macabre annual list with a record-breaking income of USD 825 million, partly due to the sale of Mr Jackson's share in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue, featuring an archive of Beatles tracks.
MJ has been at the top of the dead earners list every year since he died in 2009, apart from in 2012 when his friend Elizabeth Taylor was number one. The late actress dropped to 13th place on the 2016 list.
A distant number two on this year's list is Peanuts creator and cartoonist Charles M Schulz while recently deceased golf legend Arnold Palmer is third.
Elvis Presley and Prince, who died following a drug overdose in April, round out the new top five and Bob Marley and John Lennon feature in the top 10. David Bowie, who lost his battle with cancer in January, is ranked 11th with an estimated income of USD 10.5 million.
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