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Forbes: Tolkien is Third Wealthiest Celeb in Halls of Mandos

10.25.10 | Kunochan | 1 Comment

The Professor is moving up in the world, at least financially. JRR Tolkien is the third wealthiest dead celebrity in Forbes Magazine’s yearly poll, up from fifth place last year.

The Oxford philology professor and occasional fantasy author came in behind Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, with 2010 earnings for his estate of an estimated US$50 million.

New to this year’s list: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo author Stieg Larson at number six ($15 million), and newly-deceased New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at number nine ($8 million).

More info: The 13 Top-Earning Dead Celebs via Forbes.

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