Pets That Have Inherited Millions

Can you guess how much the wealthiest animal in the world is worth?

By Catalina Barrios


What are your plans if you came into a fortune?

What would you do if you had tons of money or won the lottery? Recently, I have been buying lotto tickets, so who knows, maybe one day I will be able to answer that question. The wealthy often leave their fortunes to family, close friends or even to charity, but pets are the ones who inherited millions in these wills.


The beloved pets of the rich and famous are the envy of other pets, and even people. Their owners don’t mind paying thousands, even millions of dollars, to ensure everything their furry children have is top-notch. These spoiled pets even wear luxury branded collars and gear, such as Cartier and Gucci.


Do you spoil your pet?

According to the Washington University School of Law, between 12 and 27 percent of pet owners include their pets in their will. Of course, if you die, you want to make sure your pet is not deprived of their basic needs, but the wealthy can go a step further. Rich pets are often provided an inheritance that ensures they continue to live in the manner to which they have become accustomed. Owners also include pets in their will as a way of expressing gratitude and love.


The following list includes millionaires who left their “best friends” an inheritance that would stun any animal-lover. As a result, this doubles as a list of the world’s wealthiest animals.



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Conchita, an adorable Chihuahua, is driven to weekly spa treatments in her very own Gold Cadillac Escalade. She and her two canine sisters each have their own bedroom and bathroom plus a team of care takers.  Gail Posner, the daughter of an American real-estate tycoon, passed away in 2010, leaving her 3 dogs a $3 million trust fund and an $8.4 million mansion. Posner also left $27 million to her staff, guaranteeing rent-free status at the mansion, provided they continue to care for the dogs.  Posner often called Conchita “The Boss,” dressing her in pearls and designer bikinis, gifting her Cartier necklaces and Louis Vuitton bags. Posner’s only surviving child, Brett Carr, was left with just $1 million. He filed a lawsuit claiming his mother had been brainwashed and manipulated by her household staff.


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Tommaso, a former stray from Rome, is living a life of luxury thanks to his owner, Maria Assunta. The handsome black cat was found by Assunta in an back alley; the two were instant friends.  When Assunta, the heirless widow of a property tycoon, died in 2011, she left it all to Tommaso.  Tomasso has $13 million, as well as properties in Rome and Milan. You may be wondering what will a cat do with all this money?  He is certainly sharing it with his new caregiver. Assunta asked her nurse, Stefania, to take care of the cat when she was no longer around. The duo now live in a house outside of Rome.



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Upon her death in 2007, real estate mogul Leona Helmsley left her Maltese dog, Trouble, $12 million. Helmsley died at the age of of 87, excluding relatives, including two of her own grandchildren, from the will. A court intervenor later cut Trouble’s fortune down to $2 million, judging that this amount was more than enough to pay for the dog’s luxurious life. It is a lifestyle that included $100,000 annual cost for full-time security, $8,000 for grooming, and $1,200 for food. The Maltese even had a trainer who received a $60,000 salary. The dog, who has received many death threats, died in 2010 at the age of 12. His fortune? It went to the Helmsley Charitable Trust.



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Michael Jackson, also known as the “King of Pop,” left his chimpanzee a $2 million inheritance. According to Jackson, this would give his friend a “secure long-term future.”  The wealthy chimpanzee hasn’t received a dime of his fortune, unfortunately. Bubbles resides in an animal sanctuary in Florida, completely abandoned by the Jackson family.

Juice, Minter and Callum


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In 2010, British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen died from suicide, leaving a fortune worth more than $26 million. He left his three bulldogs with an inheritance of $81,000 for each. Before he died, he left a note saying “Look after my dogs, sorry I love you, Lee”. The money was put into a trust for the dogs and will be used to pay for their care for the rest of their lives. The majority of the designer’s fortune was donated to animal charities.

Gunther IV

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In 1991, the German Countess Karlotta Libenstein died, leaving her entire fortune to her dog, a German Shepherd named Gunther III. The dog died a month later, passing the fortune to his son, Gunther IV.  This fortune started at $80 million but his investors and trust managers made very wise investments and now Gunther IV is worth a staggering $372 million. This makes Gunther IV the richest pet in the world. The dog also owns a number of villas and mansions, including a Miami property that once belonged to Madonna.

Will you leave your pets with an inheritance?  America’s most famous talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, has set up a $30 million trust for her five furry pals. Hard to top that.