October 29, 2009
Forbes has released its annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities. To make the list, a dead celebrity must have earned at least $6 million in the past year. Missing from this year’s list is Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Steve McQueen. At number one: a fashion designer.
- Yves Saint Laurent: $350 million
- Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein: $235 million combined
- Michael Jackson: $90 million
- Elvis Presley: $55 million
- JRR Tolkien: $50 million
- Charles Schulz: $35 million
- John Lennon: $15 million
- Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel): $15 million
- Albert Einstein: $10 million
- Michael Crichton: $9 million
- Jimi Hendrix: $8 million
- Aaron Spelling: $8 million
- Andy Warhol: $6 million
October 1, 2009
According to Forbes:
America’s super rich are getting poorer. For only the fifth time since 1982, the collective net worth of The Forbes 400, our annual tally of the nation’s richest people, has declined, falling $300 billion in the past 12 months from $1.57 trillion to $1.27 trillion.
Faltering capital markets and real estate prices, along with divorce and fraud, pushed the fortunes of 314 members down and drove 32 plutocrats off the rankings.
Click here to view the complete list.
July 16, 2009
According to Forbes, Wal-Mart was the most generous corporation in America in 2007 (probably the world too), donating $301 million in to the Children’s Miracle Network, Feeding America, The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, the United Way of America, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Wal-Mart was nearly twice as generous as the most profitable company in the world, Exxon, which gave $173 million in the same year, ranking #3 on Forbes generosity ranking.
Here’s a case that Wal-Mart deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.