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Michael Jackson

Billion Dollar Man

7/15/2013 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jackson could have raked in as much as $1.5 billion had he lived ... at least that's what an entertainment money man told jurors today in MJ's wrongful death case.

Accounting guru Arthur Erk testified ... Jackson could have earned minimum $1.1 billion if he performed a worldwide concert and showcased his music in Las Vegas.  And Erk felt if ticket prices were high enough, the figure would soar to $1.5 bil by the time Michael turned 65.

There are a couple of problems.  First, MJ never planned a worldwide tour.  The "This Is It" tour was limited to London.  Second, the family is seeking more than $40 billion.

Another interesting thing ... Erk said he deducted what he felt Jackson would have spent between age 50 and age 65, when he hypothetically would have retired -- $134 million.

Oh the struggles of living on a budget.

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Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Yes, but think of how much he would have had to spend settling boy-molesting cases.

279 days ago
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lolzatyou    

This family is disgusting...you leached off him in life and now in death..... 40 billion? GTFOH.....what a joke

279 days ago
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FROM HELL    

Pedophile

279 days ago
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Los Pepes    

'Michael Jackson could have raked in as much as $1.5 billion had he had not been a drug addict'
Is more like it

279 days ago
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Gary    

What a joke....he also could have had a heart attack at any time from all the surgeries to keep that nose on his face....he was a mess!

279 days ago
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Donka Do Ball    

Good thing he bleached his self, cuz you just know they would never pay that kind of money to a black man.

279 days ago
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Fred Farkel    

I just thought I would mention that Mika Jackson's HOT FEMALE GUITARIST named Orianthi Panagaris is now touring with Alice Cooper. You saw her on all of those rehearsal clips before MJ passed.


Uncle Fred would like to add that he had the pleasure of meeting her last Friday night in Windsor, Ontario. I would also like to add that she is breathtaking.


Thank you.


Uncle Fred must go take his nap now.

279 days ago
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Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

OK, the key phrase here is, "had he lived." Let's get Dr. Murray's opinion on MJ's current medical condition.

279 days ago
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CaMeO    

That's great and all, but, "breaking news?"

279 days ago
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tresh    

"MJ never planned a worldwide tour" Really? Lets see...

"On 3/18/09 -- asking about MJ going to India for show, Phillips responded: "Thanks, Thomas. MJ will definitely be heading your way."

"EmIl on 3/17/09 from Phillips: We have a 4 year plan that included Australia, however, we have to finish London first."

"Ortega said TII was going to be in London and there was hope for international tour"

"Gongaware said the amount of people still in line to buy tickets for TII could've sold out 100 shows."

279 days ago
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Horndog    

Why are his fingertips taped up?

279 days ago
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HLyWDgreg    

His estate is healthy today because he's not around burning & flushing money down the toilet on a daily basis.

279 days ago
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Marie    

All that money and Michael Jackson could not find love with anyone. I would rather be poor and loved than be rich and alone.

279 days ago
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Realist    

.....he hasn't made that much since his death, which was that catalyst that made his merchandise so popular, so how do they figure he would make anywhere NEAR that had he been alive? Give me a break. This family is full of graverobbing ghouls.

279 days ago
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static    

He was in show business about 40 years at the time of his death and nearly broke how does he figure that would change in 15 years?

279 days ago
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