However, there are so many missed opportunities for some individuals and families (...and I am not necessarily talking about just the wealthy) to perpetuate an income or revenue stream beyond the grave. Although for many people, this idea is of limited interest, we can all agree that looking at the annually-compiled list of some of the extreme examples of the high-earning deceased is downright fascinating.
A celebrity with a little more staying power on the list is Michael Jackson, whose estate is made up of many steady streams of revenue from music sales and other venture, all of which is a little more relevant to the tastes of the current entertainment consumer than Taylor's works.
Other celebrities on the list of the highest earners post-mortem, are cartoonist Charles Shulz of "Peanuts" fame, who earned $37 million, Reggae legend Bob Marley who earned $17 million and Nobel-prize winning physicist Albert Einstein and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe each earning $10 million.
Even the "rest of us" can enjoy some after-death earnings through properly-structured estate planning, but the next time you take a look at your paycheck, try not to think of Ms. Elizabeth Taylor and her ability to out-earn you, me, and everybody in our respective neighborhoods--combined, all without even being alive.