Stieg Larsson in list of top earning dead celebs

The late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, has made his debut in the top 15 of Forbes Magazine's Top-Earning Dead Stars.

The author of the Millenium trilogy who died from a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 50, is ranked number 9 in the list of the big-earners in the afterlife, alongside rock legend Jimmy Hendrix, with earnings of $7 million last year. Larsson died not long after  turning in the manuscripts for the three books which went on to become a global phenomenon. So far the books, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its two sequels have sold 45 million copies around the world.

Larsson's earnings in the afterlife will be boosted further in December this year with the much anticipated release of David Fincher's big budget Hollywood remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" starrring Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

The Swede's estate though is at the centre of a legal dispute between brother Joakim Larsson and his father - who inherited the writer's estate and Larsson's companion for three decades, Eva Gabrielsson, who inherited nothing because they weren't married and the author and journalist didn't leave a will when he died.

The success of the Millenium trilogy and films has also boosted the earnings of Stockholm City council with tourists flocking to walk the streets made famous by Larsson's characters. 

For the second consectutive year, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, tops the charts, earning $170 million in the past 12 months.

Elvis, with $55 million is in second and Marilyn Monroe is third. Elizabeth Taylor joins the list in joint fifth place with John Lennon, raking in $12 million since her death in March this year.