Before Bob Marley’s estate could be divided, his attorney, David Steinberg, convinced Rita Marley to forge Bob’s signature on documents that would allow her to have the majority of the reggae star’s assets and fortune. The ruse was discovered and as a result, Rita was excluded as a trustee of Bob’s estate, according to Probate Firm. In addition, there were also claims from Marley’s children, his bandmates, and his music label. The battle over his estate and the rights to his songs continued for years after his death.
After numerous and lengthy legal battles, Bob Marley’s estate, under the name House of Marley, is now managed by four of his children, while the other siblings are members of the board, per Face 2 Face Africa. The estate also continues to earn money through various Marley-themed products including apparel, headphones, speakers, and turntables. In 2020, Marley placed eighth in Forbes’ list of top-earning deceased celebrities with earnings of $14 million yearly.