Rich­est pets of all time

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Gun­ther IV ($375M)

When Count­ess Kar­lotta Liben­stein of Ger­many died in 1991, she left her en­tire $80 mil­lion for­tune to her pet, a Ger­man shepherd named Gun­ther III. Trustees of the es­tate have done well with in­vest­ments, turn­ing the in­her­i­tance into roughly $375 mil­lion, which now be­longs to the next in line, Gun­ther IV. The pam­pered, jet-set­ting dog owns vil­las in Italy and the Ba­hamas, and in 2000 pur­chased Madonna’s Mi­ami Beach man­sion for $7.5 mil­lion.

Trou­ble ($12M)

When no­to­ri­ous “Queen of Mean” Leona Helm­s­ley died in 2008, many peo­ple were shocked that one pro­vi­sion of her will al­lo­cated $12 mil­lion for the care of her dog, a Mal­tese Ter­rier named Trou­ble.

Grumpy Cat

The In­ter­net's fa­vorite kitty— circa 2014 any­way—had to be Grumpy Cat, the pet whose seem­ingly ever- de­pressed frown helped it net a per­sonal cof­fee brand, a Christ­mas movie, and nearly 1 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram. Grumpy Cat’s worth has been es­ti­mated at $1 mil­lion and even $100 mil­lion. Her owner says the lat­ter is an ex­ag­ger­a­tion, but it's not clear by how much.

Toby Rimes

A poo­dle owned by Ella Wen­del, the last re­main­ing sis­ter of a New York fam­ily that amassed phe­nom­e­nal wealth in the Gilded Age, slept in a minia­ture four-poster bed in his home on Man­hat­tan's Fifth Av­enue and dined nightly at a brass ta­ble with a vel­vet table­cloth and napkins. Though some 2,300 peo­ple claimed to be heirs to Wen­del and her real es­tate hold­ings, worth $40 mil­lion when she died in 1931, none came away with the money. Most ac­counts say that her for­tune was passed along to the poo­dle.


The Chi­huahua known as Con­chita was de­scribed as the “most pam­pered dog in the world” even be­fore her owner, Mi­ami so­cialite Gail Pos­ner, passed away in 2010 and left her a for­tune that in­cluded a $3 mil­lion trust fund and a $8.3 mil­lion man­sion on Mi­ami Beach. Con­chita wore pearls, de­signer biki­nis, Cartier neck­laces, and Louis Vuit­ton bags.


The only chicken to make our rich­est pets list, Gi­goo was owned by Bri­tish pub­lish­ing gi­ant Miles Blackwell. When Blackwell died in 2001, he gave much of his for­tune to char­ity and re­port­edly left some £10 mil­lion ($15 mil­lion in U.S. cur­rency to­day) to his ap­par­ently beloved hen Gi­goo.

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