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Death is the end of all things, or is it? We know that when we die, we take nothing into the afterlife with us. We hope we take our memories with us, but even that is uncertain. The Ancient Egyptians and other Ancient cultures who were fond of mummification strongly believed that there was an afterlife. They believed it so much that they prepared royalty and the wealthy with mummification rituals. During these mummification rituals, during entombment, their belongings during lifetime would be placed with them. For Kings and Queens, their pets and servants would also be sacrificed, possibly even their spouses. Along with all the possessions, gold, and valuable items would be placed with them in order to accompany them in the afterlife.
While it is unknown if the spiritual item actually leaves with the body, the physical presence of all earthly possessions remain on Earth along with the physical dead corpse. Everyone is born naked into the world and while they may accumulate wealth, be born into it, and live it, everyone eventually dies and is put into the Earth the same. The choice of how someone wants their remains to be, cremated, buried, in a mausoleum, or any other means, their physical body dies, and is no longer animated by the mysterious energies that kept it alive during its lifetime.
Most people who die usually leave their belongings to their families, favorite charities, or trusted friends who manager their assets long after they are dead. However, there are some people, especially celebrities, who continue to gain royalties and make money off investments and other works long after they are dead. While you might think when a person dies, they can no longer make money, there are plenty of companies and insurance companies that offer the option of a beneficiary, someone who receives the money in the unfortunate incident of one’s death. Recently, the lottery has also started offering a person to list beneficiaries who may receive the remainder of the assets in event of the winner’s death.
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This is a list of the top earning celebrities who continue to make millions of dollars a year long after their deaths. Some of these celebrities make more in death than they did in life.
- Michael Jackson, Musician, King of Pop: $160 million
- Elvis Presley, Musician, King of Rock: $55 million
- Charles Shultz, Cartoonist, Creator of Peanuts Cartoon: $37 million
- Elizabeth Taylor, Actress: $25 million
- Bob Marley, Musician, King of Reggae: $18 million
- Marilyn Monroe, Actress: $15 million
- John Lennon, King of Hippies: $12 million
- Albert Einstein, Scientist: $10 million
- Bettie Page, Model and Actress: $10 million
- Theodore Geisel, Writer, Poet, Cartoonist, Creator of Dr. Seuss: $9 million
- Steve McQueen, Actor: $9 million
- Bruce Lee, Actor and Martial Artist: $7 million
- Jenni Rivera, Singer and Actress: $7 million
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