In one of it’s more obscure lists, Forbes recently released its list of top-earning dead celebrities. At the top of the list (and the reason it was newsworthy) was Kurt Cobain, who recently overtook Elvis as the top dead earner ($50 million in the last year alone).
But of all of the celebrities on the list, 2 stood out and 1 surprised me.
Those that stood out to me (and I was pleased in both cases) were Charles M. Schulz who, at #3, earned a cool $35 million last year. I’ve always enjoyed the Peanuts cartoon. I take it as a sign of popularity that it is still selling. (Of course, a lot of the money comes from licensing rights, but that still indicates a level of popularity.)
Also on the list was author Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. At #7 on the list, Dr. Seuss earned $10 million in the last year. I grew up with Dr. Seuss books. I learned how to read from Dr. Seuss books. I’m glad to see that they are still popular too.
Most surprising on the list, at least to me, was #5, Albert Einstein. That’s right, the guy who came up with E = mc2 earned $20 million in the last year, most of which came from rights to his name and likeness. He is still probably the most recognized scientist in the world, and he hasn’t been around for 52 years.
It was an interesting list, and I am happy for these three dead people. On the flip side, it is somewhat depressing to think that there are dead people out there making two orders of magnitude more money than someone like me, who is still alive and kicking, and working (relatively) hard. Sometimes.
Okay, maybe not the greatest, but one of the funniest I’ve ever seen. David Hasselholf has taken a page out of William Shatner’s book when it comes to making fun of himeself with his lastest video, “Jump In My Car”. Check it out!
Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame is coming out with a book, Brainiacs, on the history of trivia buffs. The books is due out in a few months but even better is that he will be on a book tour that will take him to Arlington, Virginia. Maybe I can get a signed copy. Ken Jennings is a kind of pop culture hero of mine.