Without the lavish spending sprees, and with the help of new revenue from nostalgia for the King of Pop, estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain have dramatically turned around Jackson's finances.
What was once a collapsing empire with more than $500 million in debt now looks to be able to support his three children and his mother.
The estate has earned more than $250 million in the year since he died. Millions in debt has been paid and a steady flow of cash is covering the interest on what's left.
And if Elvis Presley is any example, a moderate level of earnings could flow into Jackson's estate for decades.