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Michael Jackson Tops 'Forbes' List of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Two years after his death, Michael Jackson is still a moneymaker.

The singer ranks first in the latest edition of Forbes magazine's list of the top-earning dead celebrities. The King of Pop's estate raked in $170 million over the past 12 months, in part from music sales.

Jackson also topped the list last year after earning $275 million during a one-year period beginning October 2009.  He died in June of 2009.

Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe rank second and third, respectively, on this year's list.  Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in March, is tied for fifth with former Beatle John Lennon.

Here is Forbes' list of the top-earning dead celebrities:

1. Michael Jackson, $170 million.
2. Elvis Presley, $55 million.
3. Marilyn Monroe, $27 million.
4. Charles Schulz, Peanuts creator, $25 million.
5T. John Lennon, $12 million.
5T. Elizabeth Taylor, $12 million.
7. Albert Einstein, $10 million.
8. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, $9 million.
9T. Jimi Hendrix, $7 million.
9T. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo author, $7 million.
9T. Steve McQueen, $7 million.
9T. Richard Rodgers, songwriter, $7 million.
13T. George Harrison, $6 million.
13T. Bettie Page, $6 million.
13T. Andy Warhol, $6 million.

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James Cameron Enjoyed 2010's Biggest Pay Day in Hollywood

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Thanks to the success of a movie called Avatar, Oscar-winning director James Cameron tops Vanity Fair's list of Hollywood's biggest earners in 2010.

The rankings focused on creative people, so agents and executives aren't included.  Money earned from projects other than films also wasn't taken into consideration, nor was income from earnings from endorsement deals.  With that said, here's a look at the top 10, along with how much money each made last year:

1. James Cameron -- $257 million
2. Johnny Depp -- $100 million
3. Steven Spielberg -- $80 million
4. Christopher Nolan -- $71.5 million
5. Leonardo DiCaprio -- $62 million
6. Tim Burton -- $53 million
7. Adam Sandler -- $50 million
8. Todd Phillips -- $34 million
9. Taylor Lautner -- $33.5 million
10. Robert Downey Jr. -- $31.5 million´╗┐

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Beyonce Out-Earns Britney Spears, Lady Gaga

Photo Courtesy - Music World/ Columbia(NEW YORK) -- The term "music mogul" usually conjures up someone like Jay-Z, but it turns out his wife, Beyonce, has got everyone beat.

Beyonce tops Forbes magazine's new list of Hollywood's top-earning "entertainment moguls in the making" -- a roundup of celebrities at or under the age of 35 who make money from multiple revenue streams.  Beyonce took in a $87 million between June of 2009 and June of 2010, thanks to her income from touring and recording, plus her TV specials, movies, fashion line, fragrance and her endorsement deals with the likes of L'Oreal and Nintendo.

Number two on the list was Britney Spears, who made $64 million in a similar period thanks to a concert tour, her line of best-selling perfumes and her endorsement deal and clothing line for Candie's.  Lady Gaga came in third, raking in $62 million thanks to her sold-out Monster Ball tour, her record sales, her deals with Polaroid, Virgin Mobile and Monster Cable, and all those product placements in her videos.

Fourth on the list was Miley Cyrus, who brought in $48 million through her touring, movie roles and merchandise.  Taylor Swift was number five, thanks to her endorsement deals with Cover Girl and Sony, as well as her record-breaking album sales.´╗┐

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