Proving that death is never an impediment in the world of showbiz, a number of well known celebrities are continuing to make big bucks for their estate from beyond the grave. For the third yea in a row, Michael Jackson remains in the number one on the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities.

The music legend's estate continues to earn more than most living celebrities ,having pulled in around $115 million (€104 million) over the past year. This is down from the estimated $140 million (€127 million) he earned in 2014. Jackson died in 2009. 

Cartoonist Charles Schulz certainly did not make Peanuts, coming in at third with $40 million (€36 million) thanks to his popular characters, which include Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Rock 'n' Roll icon Elvis Presley, reggae star Bob Marley and actress Elizabeth Taylor round off the top five. 

Fast and The Furious star Paul Walker is a new entry into the list at position number nine. Walker, who died in a car accident 2013, is estimated to have raked in around 10.5 million dollars (€9.5 million).

Most remarkably of all is the fact that James Dean, one of the all-time great cinema icons, is still making money 60 years after his death, as did Marilyn Munroe who made €15 million last year - though she only passed away 53 years ago.

Here are the top 13 celebrities on the Forbes list:

1. Michael Jackson: $115 million (€104 million)
2. Elvis Presley: $55 million (€50 million)
3. Charles Schulz (Peanuts cartoonist): $40 million (€36 million)
4. Bob Marley: $21 million (€19 million)
5. Elizabeth Taylor: $20 million (€18 million)
6. Marilyn Monroe: $17 million (€15 million)
7. John Lennon: $12 million (€11 million)
8. Albert Einstein: $11 million (€10 million)
9. Paul Walker: $10.5 million (€9.5 million)
10. Bettie Page: $10 million (€9 million)
11. Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss): $9.5 million (€8.6 million)
12. Steve McQueen: $9 million (€8 million)
13. James Dean: $8.5 million (€7.7 million)