Forbes.com Lists Tupac At #15     

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Influential US business website Forbes.com. has released their list of  highest-earning dead celebrities. Late rapper Tupac Shakur comes in #15 on the list.

A Forbes.com spokesman said: "The earning power of most deceased people, even famous ones, slows considerably or stops altogether when they die.

"But for a select few, the pay cheques keep coming and some draw even bigger pay-days than when they were alive."

John Lennon is fourth in the list with an estimated annual income of $21m (£11m).

He is joined by fellow Beatle George Harrison - who died in 2001 - whose earnings reached $7m (£4m).

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Other top earners include screen icon Marilyn Monroe, with $8m, and actor James Dean, who died in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24.

Murdered rap legend Tupac Shakur, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, is valued at $5m (£2.7m), putting him equal with legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.

Flamboyant Queen frontman Freddie Mercury makes the list for the first time, also with $5m.

His earnings have been boosted by the success of the musical We Will Rock You, which has been filling theatres from Australia and Russia to Spain and Paris.

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1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m)
2. Charles Schulz $35m (£19m)
3. JRR Tolkien $23m (£12.5m)
4. John Lennon $21m (£11m)
5. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel $18m (£10m)
6. Marilyn Monroe $8m (£4.3m)
7. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m)
=7. Irving Berlin $7m
=7. Bob Marley $7m
10. Richard Rodgers $6.5m
11. George and Ira Gershwin $6m
=11. Jimi Hendrix $6m
=11. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe $6m
=11. Cole Porter $6m
15. James Dean $5m (£2.7m)
=15. Dale Earnhardt Sr $5m
=15. Jerry Garcia $5m
=15. Freddie Mercury $5m
=15. Tupac Shakur $5m
=15. Frank Sinatra $5m

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