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9 Celebrities Who Are Still Making Money in The Grave

The saying “when you’re big, you’re big” cannot be overemphasised and has surely been demonstrated by the people on this list. Even in their death, their exploits on earth are still earning them huge sums of money— even though the money might go to managers, labels, or shared among family members who will squander it.

Earnings come from music sales, endorsements, settlements, sales of merchandise and properties among others

In no particular order, here are 9 celebrities who are still making money even in death

Michael Jackson

Died: June 25, 2009

Age: 50

Michael Jackson’s continues to rack in the big bucks 10 years after his death. The King of Pop made $287 million from the sale of his estate’s stake in EMI Music Publishing to Sony. Jackson is believed to have amassed a whooping $400 million in 2018


Died: June 18, 2018

Age: 20

XXXTentacion’s 4 billion streams was the highest by anyone, dead or alive. Since his death, one posthumous album “Skins” has been released, and a second one titled “Bad Vibes Forever” is set to be released in 2019.


Died: April 21, 2016

Age: 57

The enigmatic and flamboyant musician and actor, also known as “The Purple One” is still rolling in green, having sold a quarter-million physical albums over the in 2018.

Hugh Hefner

Died: September 27, 2017

Age: 91

The Playboy founder who lived life to its fullest is still getting lucky even in the grave, all thanks to earnings from the sale of the remaining portions of his estate for $35 million.

Bob Marley

Died: May 11, 1981

Age: 36

The reggae king still makes money from Products like headphones, Marley Natural cannabis and smoking accessories.

John Lennon

Died: December 8, 1980

Age: 40

Between his solo work and his time with British boy band The Beatles, Lennon continues to sell nearly 2 million albums annually.

Muhammad Ali

Died: June 3, 2016

Age: 74

The Greatest of All Time hasn’t stop earning courtesy of a Tag Heuer deal and a settlement with Fox Broadcasting over a Super Bowl ad that used Ali’s image.

Nipsey Hussle

Died: 31 March 2019

Age: 33

Nipsey Hussle’s music sales increased 2,776 after his death. The Los Angeles, California rapper averaged close to 2 million audio streams before his death, but after his untimely demise, sales sky rocketed to a whooping 10 million audio streams.

Elvis Presley

Died: August 16, 1977

Age: 42

Presley still moves more than 1 million albums every year, he also makes money from a $45 million entertainment complex called Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Hustle o! so that you can make money in your grave.

Written by Emeka Nweze

Content writer and contributor.

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