When a true icon dies, their icon status is usually all it takes for their families to keep eating.
For a few icons their families and attorneys (out of either greed or love or both) have negotiated enough posthumous licensing deals and released enough posthumous work that the great grand children they’ve never met will still be eating in 30 years.
These people make up Forbes’ list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities, and this year’s top 15 earned a total of $366 million between October 2010 and October 2011. A few of the names on here are the usual suspects you would expect, but more than a couple will likely surprise you.
(Don’t miss the “Honorable Mentions” after #1)