$1 billion? Jackson's estate surges after death

Michael Jackson

When Michael Jackson passed away six years ago, he left behind a booming legacy that is still reaping the profits.

Last year, Michael Jackson took the No. 1 spot on Forbes' list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities-topping Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and Marilyn Monroe-by bringing in a reported $140 million. In fact, the King of Pop pulled in more than $700 million within the first five years of his death, according to Zack Greenburg, author of "Michael Jackson, Inc.," a book about the music legend's business empire. 

In a 2010 deal with Sony Corp., Jackson's estate was guaranteed at least $200 million with 10 albums to be released over the course of seven years, including unreleased songs, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal .

And the deal seems to have benefited the Jackson estate substantially. Since his passing, Jackson has sold over 13.2 million albums, compared to the 13.1 million he sold from 1996-2008, per Nielsen as reported by The Wrap .

Jackson also has a huge social media following. With more than 75 million likes on Facebook , Jackson comes in as the seventh most-followed person on the social network. His verified Twitter account, @michaeljackson, was started the month following his death and has since accumulated 1.84 million followers.

On the sixth anniversary of his death, fans took to Twitter-using the hashtag #6YearsWithoutMichaelJackson-in remembrance of the late singer.

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