Who was the top-earning dead celebrity of 2022?
Author J.R.R. Tolkien topped a list from the afterlife to beat Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Kobe Bryant as the most lucrative dead celebrity in 2022. According to Forbes, the literary mind behind “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” books continues to earn a pretty penny despite dying from pneumonia in 1973. Last year, his estate amassed $500 million following the sale of Middle-Earth Enterprises, the company that owns the rights to these beloved two novels. Kobe Bryant secured second place with earnings of $400 million, followed by David Bowie with $250 million, and Elvis Presley at $110 million.
The correct answer is J.R.R. Tolkien.