The late Michael Jackson has been named by Forbes magazine as the top-earning dead celebrity of the past year.
The singer, who died in 2009 at the age of 50, raked in nearly NZ$193 million over the past 12 months, even more than the top living star, Madonna, who earned a little over $150m.
The Thriller star's wealth nearly tripled runner-up Elvis Presley's $66m on Forbes' annual list of posthumous celebrity wealth.
He reclaimed the top spot from his old friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who died in 2011 aged 79.
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Much of Jackson's cash from beyond the grave has come from his two Cirque Du Soleil shows.
Immortal, which begins its run in New Zealand on Wednesday, grossed an impressive $360m since opening last year and Las Vegas show One "regularly sells out", says the magazine.
Jackson also earns a fortune from his half of the lucrative Sony song catalogue, which includes hits by The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.
- The Independent