Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll who died in 1977, is still raking in enough money to keep him at the top of the list of top posthumous earners.
For the fifth year in a row, Elvis' name appeared Thursday at the top of the annual list published by Forbes magazine - buoyed by the US$45 million his estate earned in the past year from sales of CDs and licenses.
Second place went to Charles Schulz, creator of the cartoon strip "Peanuts", with US$35 million.
John Lennon, who rose to fame as a member of the Beatles rock group and was shot to death in 1980, took in US$22 million.
The list included other regulars - such as "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien, Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, children's book author Dr. Seuss, song writer Irving Berlin, and musicians Bob Marley and George Harrison.
New among the top earners from the grave were musicians Ray Charles and Johnny Cash. Cash, who died in 2003, took in US$7 million. Charles, whose life was memorialized in last year's hit film "Ray", earned US$6 million.
Altogether, the 13 highest earners among the dead took in US$186 million to line the pocketbooks of their descendants.