Top 20 World’s Richest Pets
Many animal lovers go out of their way to buy expensive things for their beloved pets, but when it comes to celebrities, things escalate to a whole new level. Today we’re going to talk about the world’s richest pets, and believe it or not, all of them are far richer than the average citizen, all courtesy of their generous owners. Even if they probably don’t even care, some of these pets are the actual owners of estates and mansions, while some of them have overwhelming back accounts. Here is our top 20 regarding the world’s richest pets:
Nicholas the Cat
Dusty Springfield’s cat was named Nicholas, and he was definitely a very important part of her life. After the famed pop singer died in 1999, Nicholas began receiving some very special treatment according to her will. Even though no specific sum of money was specified in the contract, there were some very clear instructions regarding how he should live the rest of his life. These instructions included special food, a 7-foot-tall indoor tree house as well as numerous scratching posts. Moreover, he would listen to Dusty’s songs each night before going to bed, so that he might fall asleep while listening to her voice.
Silverstone the Tortoise
Silverstone is one lucky tortoise! This slow yet adorable pet featured a net worth of $27,000 in 1999, after her owner, Christina Foyle, passed away. As one out of 6 tortoises owned by Christina, Silverstone is definitely the special one, since he is currently being taken care of by Maureen Harding, Foyle’s former housekeeper. The other pets are cared for by Anthony and Eileen Scillitoe, who received $200,000 for this service.
Jasper the Dog
This cute Labrador-Doberman cross is called Jasper, and he was the companion of Diana Myburgh right up until she died in 1995. Diana’s will stated that Jasper and another of her pets, Jason, would each receive $50,000 after her death. Moreover, when Jason passed away himself, Jasper inherited his fortune too, and so he effortlessly became one of the richest pets in the world.
Minter, Juice and Callum
Alexander McQueen was obviously quite fond of his 3 bull terrier dogs named Minter, Juice and Callum, which is why he wanted them to be taken care of after he was gone. As you probably know, Alexander committed suicide, but the note that he left behind clearly stated that his dogs were to live the remainder of their lives comfortably. Consequently, each received the sum of $81,000.
Tinker’s story is a little complicated, but we’re quite sure that he never meant it to be this way. This lovely cat was the companion of Margaret Layne, who made sure that he would inherit a sum of $200,000 as well as a 3-bedroom house upon her death. To seal the deal, Margaret appointed someone in her will to take care of the cat and to keep the house open for 21 years or until Tinker passes away, after which he or she would inherit the place. Shortly after this story was released to the public, the cat received numerous death threats, which is why the representative opted to take it to a safe location, which is still undisclosed to this day. Nobody knows exactly whether Tinker is still alive or not.
Tina and Kate
The former pets of Nora Hardwell are named Tina and Kate, and they both inherited quite a substantial fortune after their owner passed away. The riches that these 2 dogs enjoy include $1 million as well as a lavish 5-acre property. Moreover, Nora insisted that a caretaker would be hired to look after her favorite pups, but he is probably not nearly as rich as the dogs he is charged to oversee.
Trouble the Terrier was initially supposed to inherit $12 million from Leona Helmsley after her death, but the sum was eventually shrunk to “just” $1.2 million after Leona’s grandchildren contested her will in court. A judge ruled that Hemsley was unstable when she wrote her will, but many believe that she actually wanted to leave her entire fortune to her dog, especially since she was never very fond of her grandchildren.
Flossie is definitely one of the richest dogs on earth, but she actually earned her fortune when she saved her owner’s life. Drew Barrymore purchased Flossie at a flea market, and this would turn out to be a potentially life-saving decision, since Flossie woke her up one night in 2001 as her house was on fire. In light of this, Barrymore decided to award Flossie with a $1.3 million fortune.
Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee is named Bubbles, and he apparently inherited a fortune of $2 million after his owner died. The chimpanzee was Michael’s faithful and loving companion, and some sources state that they would often share meals and even sleep together on occasion. Unfortunately, Bubbles became quite aggressive in the years following his owner’s death, which is why he had to be taken to an animal sanctuary.
Conchita, Lucia and April Marie
When heiress Gail Poster left this world, she left her $3 million fortune to her 3 beloved Chihuahuas named Lucia, Conchita and April Marie. The incident caused quite a bit of controversy at the time, and as you can probably imagine, her son didn’t take the news very well. The doggies were also the proud recipients of a series of accessories that were made out of diamonds, and they also got the keys to a lavish $8.3 million estate in Miami.
The Trekkie Dogs are known as such because they were the companions of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry – the widow of Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek’s creator. After Majel’s death in 2008, her dogs inherited a fortune of $4 million, while an employee named Reinelda Estupinian inherited $1 million and was tasked with taking care of the animals.
Betty White’s dog is named Pontiac. This lucky Golden Retriever is the beneficiary of a trust fund that is worth $5 million, money that will be used to care for him as well as for Betty’s other beloved pets. Betty White is currently in her 90s but she is as lively as ever and quite busy working for her hit show Hot in Cleveland.
Gigoo the Chicken
If you thought you would only see cats and dogs in our list, think again! The richest chicken on the planet is called Gigoo, and he is the proud beneficiary of a $10 million fortune. His former owner was none other than Miles Blackwell, who was obviously very fond of his favorite hen.
Tommaso was the cat of Maria Assunta, who rescued it from the streets of Rome. Since Maria had no children of her own, she grew quite fond of her lovely black kitty, which is why she decided to make it the main beneficiary of her fortune after her death. Tommaso inherited $13 million and numerous properties.
Frankie, Ani and Pepe
Frankie, Ani and Pepe are a dog and 2 cats that were left in the care of Lenise Patrick after their owner passed away. Lenise was the owner’s neighbor, and he received a generous sum of money so that he would care for these lovely companions. Frankie, Ani and Pepe inherited a lavish estate worth $16 million, and they continue to live in it.
Blackie is acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the wealthiest cat in the world. The cat inherited all of its owner’s properties and assets, including a fortune of $25 million, which will definitely allow it to live out the remainder of his years in luxury and comfort.
Oprah is famous for her wealth, and so it makes sense that her pets would be quite rich as well, especially since she is known to be quite fond of dogs in particular. As a matter of fact, Oprah stated that if some of her pets should still live after she has passed away, they would inherit the incredible sum of $30 million. Wow!
The original Toby Rimes inherited the sum of $92 million from Ella Wendel, who passed away in New York City in 1932 knowing that her faithful companion would live on lavishly. Since then, all of Toby’s offspring were named Toby Rimes and continued to inherit the massive fortune. With a classy name and a fat bank account, this gorgeous poodle is definitely one of the luckiest dogs in the world.
Kalu the chimpanzee was rescued by Patricia O’Neill, and he quickly became one of the most important members of her family. As the world’s richest chimpanzee, Kalu received his own mansion, and he was initially set to inherit the extraordinary sum of $90 million. However, it later turned out that he would, in fact, become the sole beneficiary of Patricia’s entire fortune, since she didn’t want her husband to receive any of it.
And the richest pet on our list and in the world is none other than Gunther IV, who actually inherited his money from his father, Gunther III. Gunther III was the favorite pet of German Countess Karlotta Lieberstein, which is why she decided to make him $372 million richer after her death. His son, Gunther IV now lives like a king, feasting on expensive steaks and caviar on a general basis.