The wealthy dead

A friend pointed out this new list of the highest earning dead celebrities, and as this article proclaims Elvis has been unseated by Kurt Cobain.

That musicians earn lots after they die comes as no shock, but I am very surprised by number 5 on the list.

Rounding out the top five were Beatle John Lennon at $US24 million ($31.76 million) and groundbreaking physicist Albert Einstein at $US20 million ($26.47 million), whose estate profited from such licensing deals as the popular Baby Einstein educational videos.

You can publish ground breaking work in several areas of physics, win a nobel prize, revolutionise the way we think about space and time and then your decendents make a fortune by lending your name to some children’s educational videos!

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