The way celebrities make millions of dollars after their death

Written by Dana Peterson

Celebrities, actors, singers and athletes make millions of dollars annually due to their work and fame around the world, but what is unbelievable is their continued achievement of millions as well, even years and decades after their death.

In Forbes’ 2020 list of highest-paid celebrities after their death, the list includes faces that have become an essential part of them every year, such as Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe, and new faces joined them this year, including basketball player Kobe Bryant. Here are the most prominent celebrities on this list:

Marlin Monroe

Actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe died at the age of 36, and with her young age, she was able to achieve unprecedented success, and she remains an icon of beauty and attractiveness despite the passage of more than 58 years since her death.

Monroe’s success continues until now, and its earnings this year have reached $ 8 million. Her image and name are used in nearly 100 brands worldwide, including the international fashion brand “Dolce & Gabbana” and “Forever 21″. (Forever 21) and Zales jewelry.

Jimmy Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands, tells CBS News, “I actually think this is one of the greatest brands in the world, Marilyn Monroe is as famous as any celebrity on the run. Life today. ”

Bob Marley

Musician, writer and singer Robert Bob Marley died of skin cancer on May 11, 1981, and he was 36 years old, and despite his short career, he was able to be a pioneer in reggae music in his country, Jamaica, and was able to convert reggae from local music to a style World musician.

Marley said in one of his statements, “I love my guitar, but I do not consider myself to be skilled at playing it,” but it seems that he was very modest, or unaware of the greatness of his playing and his songs that are still alive today, and made more than 14 million dollars during the year 2020, according to Forbes magazine.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died on January 26 of this year in a helicopter crash, and the news of their deaths was heartbreaking for millions of basketball fans and even non-fans of the game around the world.

The basketball legend signed a cooperation deal with the “Nike” shoes company in 2003, and since then, the company has launched sneakers in his name, even after his retirement in 2016, and after his death his shoes achieved incredible sales after fans flocked to them, and they were also sold more. From 300 thousand copies of his autobiography.

Bryant made about $ 20 million this year, placing him at number six on Forbes’ list of highest-paid celebrities for 2020.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was born in Memphis to a poor family in 1935, and with his unique talent, he managed to achieve a dazzling success that made him one of the symbols of the 20th century, and after his death his home was transformed into a museum that attracts thousands of fans from around the world, and his collections were sold at international auctions.

The rock and roll star died in 1977 of a heart attack, and he was 42 years old, but he is still one of the most famous singers around the world, and his recordings are in continuous success so far, as he sold nearly a billion records around the world, and in 2020 only his works achieved more than $ 23 million.

Arnold Palmer

Professional golf player Arnold Palmer died in 2016 due to heart disease, at the age of 87, and he is considered one of the greats of this game, but he was not only a professional golfer, he was also a successful businessman.

Palmer has signed profitable partnerships with international brands in various fields, including the Swiss watch brand “Rolex” and “MasterCard” for financial services, and also used his name, photo and signature on “AriZona” iced tea.

With these deals and many more, Palmer’s fortune is still increasing, and during 2020 he has achieved more than $ 25 million, according to Forbes magazine.

Michael Jackson

Nothing in Michael Jackson’s life was ordinary, as he was distinguished in his songs, appearance and dances, and he is even considered one of the most important cultural icons of the late 20th century.

At the age of only 13 years, Jackson’s stardom began to appear, and in the early 1980s he became the first African-American to reach the world, and his albums made millions of sales and broke records, and yet the king of pop died mired in debt that amounted to about $ 400 million.

But with his continued success even after his death, his business continues to make millions, and he came at the top of Forbes’ list to be the late singer with the highest paid in the world for 2020, with his earnings this year amounting to 48 million dollars.

About the author

Dana Peterson

I'm Dana Peterson, a freelance writer, serial blogger, self-published author of 7 books, and speaker who enjoys enlightening others about unknown and little-known facts.

I'm a mother of two kids, but I've also been a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band. I love writing on cruise ships, or late nights, but also at home in my sunny southern California garden.

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