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2 Minnesotans are on Forbes' list of highest-paid dead celebrities

One celebrity has been dead for nearly two decades.

Two famous Minnesotans are still making a boatload of money, even though they're dead. 

Forbes released its annual list of the 13 highest-paid dead celebrities on Monday, with Prince and Charles Schulz making the list. 

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, who died in 2000, came in at No. 3 on the list, earning $38 million. That's thanks to money his estate makes through licensing revenue from his famous characters, like Snoopy and Charlie Brown, who were featured in MetLife insurance company ads. 

Prince, who died April 21, 2016, came in at No. 7 on the list, earning $18 million. Forbes says Prince's earnings would have been a lot higher if a $31 million deal with Universal didn't fall through. 

Here's Forbes' complete list of the 13 highest-paid dead celebrities for 2017: 

  1. Michael Jackson – $75 million.
  2. Golf legend Arnold Palmer – $40 million.
  3. Charles Schulz – $38 million. 
  4. Elvis Presley – $35 million. 
  5. Bob Marley – $23 million.
  6. Tom Petty – $20 million.
  7. Prince – $18 million. 
  8. Dr. Suess – $16 million. 
  9. John Lennon – $12 million. 
  10. Albert Einstein – $10 million.
  11. David Bowie – $9.5 million.
  12. Elizabeth Taylor – $8 million.
  13. Bettie Page – $7.5 million. 

The earnings are based on how much the celebrities made – before taxes – from Oct. 15, 2016, through Oct. 15, 2017, Forbes says. 

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