Richest pets of all time
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.
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.
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.
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.