Some owners are so crazy about their pets, they bequeath the animals millions of dollars. Read on for more millioniare pets.
1. Millionaire Pets: Gunther IV (German Shepherd), $372 million
Gunther IV, a German Shepherd, is supposedly a millionaire pet-but not everyone buys the story. Rumour has it that German countess Karlotta Liebenstain left her furry friend Gunther III an inheritance of $124 million after she died in 1992. Following Gunther III’s death, his son, Gunther IV, inherited his father’s fortune, which has grown to a whopping $372 million! Apparently, in July 2000, agents acting on Gunther IV’s behalf bought Madonna‘s eight-bedroom Miami villa. Then, in 2001, Gunther appeared with two members of his staff at an auction in northern Italy, where he successfully bid three million lira for a truffle. Many media members suspect this to be an elaborate publicity stunt.
2. Millionaire Pets: Kalu (Chimpanzee), $80 million
Kalu is a chimpanzee and millionaire pet. Kalu was rescued in 1985 by Patricia O’Neill, wife of former Olympic swimming star Frank O’Neill. In 2000, O’Neill changed her will so that Kalu would inherit her estate near Cape Town, which is estimated at $80 million. Apparently, her husband has never been much of a fan of the chimp, still holding a grudge after he found Kalu smoking one if his cigarettes and drinking his beer.