Elvis Presley has topped finance group FORBES' annual list of top-earning dead stars for the fourth year running.

The rocker, who died 26 years ago (16AUG77), has earned more than $40 million (GBP25 million) in the past 12 months - thanks mainly to the ongoing success of his 30 #1 HITS retrospective.

Second and third on the 2003 list are PEANUTS cartoon creator CHARLES M SHULTZ and Lord Of The Rings author JRR TOLKIEN.

Former Beatles rockers John Lennon and George Harrison are fourth and fifth respectively on the list.

27/10/2003 09:37