Here are three of the world's richest pets, based on the wealth they inherited or were left in trusts by their owners:
· Species: Dog (German Shepherd)
· Estimated Wealth: Reportedly over $375 million
· Background: Gunther IV inherited his fortune from his father, Gunther III, who had been left a trust by German countess Karlotta Liebenstein when she died in 1991. The trustees of this estate have since grown the fortune, and Gunther IV has reportedly "owned" villas and even auctioned off Madonna's former Miami home
Grumpy Cat (Tardar Sauce):
· Species: Cat
· Estimated Wealth: While not an inheritance like the others on this list, Grumpy Cat's earnings from her internet fame, endorsements, merchandise, and even a movie, reportedly put her net worth up to $100 million by some estimates. However, this figure is debated and might be an overestimate.
· Background: Grumpy Cat became an internet sensation due to her unique facial expression, leading to commercial opportunities that made her one of the wealthiest pets in terms of earnings.
Estimated Wealth: Around $12.5 million
Background: Blackie became the world's wealthiest cat when his owner, Ben Rea, a British antique dealer, left him the entirety of his wealth in 1988, largely bypassing human family members.
It's important to note that these animals don't "own" property or wealth in the same way humans do.
Typically, the funds are managed in trusts or by human caretakers who ensure the animals are well taken care of for their lifetimes.
The numbers and ranks can change based on newer inheritances, the passing of famous pets, or changes in the value of assets, so it's always good to check the latest sources if you need up-to-date information.