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Highest-earning deceased stars

Highest-earning deceased stars — What Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Marilyn Monroe made in 2008

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ELVIS PRESLEY
$52 MILLION
More than 30 years after his death, the King of Rock & Roll pulls in millions from royalties, merchandising, and Graceland.

HEATH LEDGER
$20 MILLION
A lucrative Dark Knight merchandising deal helped make him one of 2008’s top posthumous earners.

JOHN LENNON
$9 MILLION
The Beatles: Rock Band and the remastered catalog will give Lennon’s postmortem income a major boost this year.

MARILYN MONROE
$6.5 MILLION
Still iconic almost 50 years after her death, Monroe’s image has been used in ads for Mercedes-Benz, Unilever, and others.

STEVE MCQUEEN
$6 MILLION
Dolce & Gabbana, TAG Heuer, and Ballantine’s Scotch have tapped into the Bullitt star’s cool, raking in millions for his estate.