- Michael Joseph Jackson
- 825,000,000 US dollar(s)
- Not Applicable ()
Michael Jackson (USA, 1958–2009) earned $825 million (£636 million) between 1 October 2015 and 1 October 2016 according to Forbes. The bulk of the earnings came from the sale of Jackson's half of the Sony/ATV music publishing catalogue, which includes The Beatles' songs, for £750 million (£521 million) in March 2016. Jackson had purchased the catalogue in 1985 for $47.5 million (£33 million) in a deal that many commentators at the time criticized.
This figure represents gross earnings before deductions for tax and other expenses.