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JRR Tolkien is the Fifth Highest Earning Dead Celebrity

Posted: October 28th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
JRR Tolkien is the Fifth Highest Earning Dead CelebritySubmit Comment
Forbes magazine has released a lit of the top thirteen dead celebrities, based on how much their estates earned from their works between October 2008 and October 2009.

Taking fifth place is JRR Tolkien, the author of the "Lord of the Rings" books. The money apparently came from the continued sales of the books and the settlement between New Line Cinema and the Tolkien estate regarding the "LOTR" movie earnings.

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) took eighth place with $15 million, while Michael Crichton ended up in tenth with $9 million. The families of all three authors can expect big checks once again next year, since Hollywood is currently developing new movies based on their properties.

Entire list:

1. Yves Saint Laurent: $350 million
2. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein: $235 million (combined)
3. Michael Jackson: $90 million
4. Elvis Presley: $55 million
5. J.R.R. Tolkien: $50 million
6. Charles Schulz: $35 million
7. John Lennon: $15 million
8. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel): $15 million
9. Albert Einstein: $10 million
10. Michael Crichton: $9 million
11. Jimi Hendrix: $8 million
12. Aaron Spelling: $8 million
13. Andy Warhol: $6 million

Source: Forbes


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Ranger writes:
on October 28th, 2009 at 6:32:10 PM

I wonder if Richard and Oscar are a bit nervous having Michael Jackson right behind them like that?
manichispanic writes:
on October 28th, 2009 at 7:10:44 PM

hi-o! :)
Goober3000 writes:
on October 28th, 2009 at 7:11:51 PM

they've got a good lead on him though...prolly running away with his nose right now
RickyGabrielBird writes:
on October 28th, 2009 at 7:27:28 PM

How does Albert Einstein get money? Commission on nukes?
murphyslaw93 writes:
on October 28th, 2009 at 9:13:33 PM

I don't understand why this article's title is about JRR Tolkien, its not like he's the most famous or popular person on this list
dAnKoNe23 writes:
on October 28th, 2009 at 10:55:54 PM

^ Agreed. But it made me click it anyway...
Bricktop writes:
on October 28th, 2009 at 11:12:41 PM

I don't know if it's really fair that Michael Jackson is put on here. Yes he may have made $90 million between October 2008 and October 2009, but in between October 2008 and June 25, 2009 he was still alive.
vwkombi writes:
on October 29th, 2009 at 12:14:50 AM

@ Bricktop

That was just a marionette.
DEADLYMIKKA writes:
on October 29th, 2009 at 1:48:11 AM

hes really been dead since the early 90's......well his face anyway
Eben1277 writes:
on October 29th, 2009 at 6:26:30 AM

Tolkien had the biggest movies based on his books of anyone on the list, that's why the movie website used his name for the article
stfrit01 writes:
on October 29th, 2009 at 6:22:02 PM

@Deadly...well put.

I liked MJ though. I am going to miss that crazy ass.
stfrit01 writes:
on October 29th, 2009 at 6:22:59 PM

And by ass, I mean....well his ass. I lived at neverland ranch. We used to hide our valuables up in there.
Ranger writes:
on October 30th, 2009 at 5:07:41 PM

OK... that gave me a boner.

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