Yves Saint Laurent is the world’s top earning dead celebrity


He passed away in June 2008 but thanks to various estate sales, French legend Yves Saint Laurent has been given another ‘honor’ from Forbes – the title of the highest earning dead celebrity in the last 12 months. He tops a list which includes the late Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Aaron Spelling and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Saint Laurent’s earnings reportedly amounted to USD$350 million and came largely from the sale of items in his estate at Christies in February with the cash reportedly split between the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and a soon-to-be-created philanthropic group aimed at scientific research and the fight against AIDS.

Meanwhile Michael Jackson’s estate made it on to the list in third spot with $90 million dollars in earnings.