- Roald Dahl
- 513,000,000 US dollar(s)
- Not Applicable ()
The highest-earning dead celebrity is author Roald Dahl (UK, 1916–90), who earned $513 million (380 million) in the 12 months to 30 October 2021, according to Forbes.
Dahl’s earnings were due in large part to Netflix’s purchase of the Roald Dahl Story Company, in which the writer’s heirs held a 75% stake, for $684 million (£500 million) in September 2021. He topped Forbes’s 2021 list ahead of Prince and Michael Jackson, who had been No.1 for eight straight years.