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World's Richest Animals

Updated on March 19, 2012

It may seem ridiculous to most of us but there are people out there that hold their pets in such high regard that when they die they are willing to leave a fortune to them. Which has made some felines and canines (as well as other animals) millionaires. In some cases not only do the owners of the animals leave millions to them but they also snub living human relatives in the process. It seems that their love of animals sometimes trumps human bonds. The following is a list of some of the worlds richest animals.

Gunther | Source


When Karlotta Liebenstein a german born countess passed away in the early 1990s she left her fortune totaling approximately $145 million to her canine companion Gunther III. When Gunther III died it was inherited by his german shepard offspring Gunther IV. What is on the list of this dogs aquisitions? Estates in the Bahamas, Germany and Italy as well as Madonna's Miami home. He also purchased a rare white truffle in a bidding war in Turin. Seems Gunther's tastes are a little high society.


Kalu was a chimpanzee and the favorite pet of Patricia O'neill who was daughter to the countess of Kenmore. Having rescued the chimp from abuse in Zaire she brought him to her estate in Cape Town, South Africa. While her Olympic swimmer husband was away she changed her will and left all of her money to the chimp the amount totaled $65 million. Suffice to say that her husband was not happy upon his return.

Chimp | Source
World's Richest Cat
World's Richest Cat | Source


Known as the richest cat in the world Blackie inherited a sum of $25 million from her owner Ben Rea. Again the owner completely bypassed his living releatives leaving them out in the cold while securing the future of his feline pal. Blackie is now listed in the Guinness book of world records for her wealth.

Gigoo | Source


This hen belonging to Miles Blackwell was given the sum of $10 million in his will. His wife having predeceased apparently left him without an heir and he left the remainder of his money to his favorite pet.


This maltese terrier belonged to Leona Helmsley also known in New York as the "queen of mean." Upon her death at the age of 87 she left over $9 million to her dog so that he might eat the best of ffods for the rest of his life. Upon the dog's death it is supposed to be buried next to her in the cemetery. Helmsley was as shrewd a business woman as they come and harsh even with her family. While her cat received $9 million she completely cut off her grandchildren and lest them nothing.

Queen Of Mean
Queen Of Mean | Source

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      howlermunkey - thanks for checking out the article, true it is amazing that animals could inherit millions like that :)

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Gunther IV got Madonna's Miami House? I'm from S. FL and I know the size of that house alone. WOW. I knew some pets inherited wealth but not like that. Passing this one around work tomorrow, Cool hub.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Drtruthman - me too, they probably get more than us blue collar stiffs :)

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great Hub. Interesting and funny. I think I'd like to be one of these pets. LOL I voted UP all across. Good job, Lee

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Lisas-thoughts101 - you are right, not sure why someone would leave 45 million to a dog when they could have fed many hundreds of starving children. People really don't think about what's beyond their front door sometimes.

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      Lisas-thoughts101 6 years ago from Northeast Texas


      a very interesting yet stunning hub. Of course a dog needs estates in Italy, Germany, the Bahamas and Miami and a truffle worth thousands to nibble on while children starve...don't we all know that?? I love my pets but I think a hundred thousand or two would have taken care of Gunther just fine, surely?? The Leona story doesn't shock me either. She earned her name.


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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      sgbrown - you are right, even if they wanted to make sure their pets are taken care of they hardly need 145 million to do that :)

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Some people are just crazy! I think the money has replaced their brains. If they don't want to leave the money to their family, give it to charity to help starving children around the world. God may get them for their stupidity! Luv the hub! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      picklesandrufus - I know what you mean. It is a little bad to leave millions to a pet when people are dying of starvation around the globe.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      hoteltravel - it would be great! They probably get all they want and it is a simple life they lead.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      twilanelson - if it made you smile I'm glad, thanks for reading :)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      ishwaryaa22 - hehe yeah, the aristicats I remember watching that one as a kid :) On the terrier I guess they don't call her the queen of mean for nothing.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      gail641 - I suppose, just think 145 million is a bit much :)

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I have made sure my animals are cared for in my will and have nothing like this kind of money to leave. It seems they were making statements about the (not) loved ones in their lives,than taking care of their animals. Too much need on this earth to make choices like theirs.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - pets are great companions for sure. I suppose that when people have so much money it loses a lot of meaning. Maybe that is why it is so easy for them to leave millions to animals.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      gail641 - yes people can be mean to people and in this case the animals lucked out I guess.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Donald1960 - it is pretty funny that a dog owner would leave 145 million to his dog, some people... :)

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      hoteltravel 6 years ago from Thailand

      One more unusual and fun hub from you. In these days, we should wish to be born as pets of rich people like those listed here. Voted up and interesting.

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      Twila Nelson 6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Extremely interesting and fun Hub, thank you for sharing these millionaire pets and their stories with HubPages.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 6 years ago from Chennai, India

      This fascinating hub reminds me of Disney Classic animated fim "The Aristocats" which are about well-bred cats belonging to a rich lady who told that she wrote her will that she leave her entire wealth to them! This list of rich animals is interesting, esp the terrier dog belonging to the'queen of mean'- surprising that she did this over her own grandkids!

      Thanks for SHARING. Interesting & funny. Voted up & socially shared.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      tobusiness - I almost wish I were one of these pets, life would be so easy :)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Barnsey - hehe, yep I suppose whomever is looking afterr them has a good life.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 6 years ago from Mason City

      It's true that the pets give their owners love and are loyal to them. Probably rich people want to make sure that their pets are well taken care of after they die.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Wow, what people value and put prices on is amazing! However, I know the love and comfort pets give their owners and it is priceless.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 6 years ago from Mason City

      Some people are mean to their relatives, and their children, too. I wonder if the people who take care of the pets get all of the money? I suppose the pets get well taken care of until they die. Very interesting hub. I voted up.

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      Donald 6 years ago from United States

      Interesting and funny hub. Voted up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Imagine poor old Polly the pussy cat suddenly not able to have her freshly caught salmon steaks for breakfast... Now that would really be cruelty to animals.

      We should all be able to live the life to which we have become accustomed, never mind half the planet are struggling to make ends meet. Its a wonderful strange world we're living in.

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      Barnsey 6 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Pretty strange, I wonder who gets the animals themselves? Must be the servants and the like reaping the rewards for being there when family members where not. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for a truly worthy and compassionate handmaid or manservant! Sometimes you're family can be you're worst enemy. Karma's a bitch. Great Hub!


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