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5 of the World’s Richest Animals (Slideshow)

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5 of the World’s Richest Animals (Slideshow)


It’s not uncommon for pets to be provided for in their owners’ wills, and many U.S. states now even have statutes concerning pet trusts. But the tiny inheritances of most ordinary animals are chicken feed compared to the gigantic fortunes of these animal millionaires. Rather than thinking about all of the other, more productive uses for the millions these animals inherited, just try to enjoy the absurdity of a chimp or a chicken that has more money in the bank than most of us will ever see in a lifetime.

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1. Gunther IV the German Shepherd.

With a fortune valued at more than $300 million, this pampered pooch is far and away the world’s richest animal. Gunther IV inherited his millions from his father, (wait for it…) Gunther III, who in turn inherited his fortune from the eccentric German countess Karlotta Libenstein. Gunther’s entourage includes servants and maids, a chauffeur, and a personal chef, and he reportedly owns a Miami villa that once belonged to Madonna.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:18AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

10:00PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

Though the idea of leaving something to cover the costs of caring for a pet is totally reasonable, most of these examples are completely ridiculous.

12:59AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

I love animals and believe they should be pampered BUT I think how useful that money could be elsewhere - like providing clean water - to people without. Basic needs or extravagant pet pads?

8:04PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

ridiculously absurd

2:51AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Don´t people realize the only thing pet need is love and care, not a driver or a maid?

2:40PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Always stipulate in one's will how the pets will be cared for and by whom. Then leave a specified amount to the caregiver to care for the pets. This helps prevent the possibility of your beloved pets being dumped at the pound.

7:56AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

When I go on to my real home (Heaven) I'm certainly NOT going to give a rats diddle about one single solitary thing left on the planet in the material venue But I will most definitely will everything to an animal sanctuary that will care for as many animals as possible. I truly feel that most readers have overlooked the fact that this money that was left to their animals is two fold..1) To ensure that their most beloved above all, would be given the best care in the world for the remainder of their lives AND 2) That there really was no one in these peoples lives who really had their best interest at heart..i.e Ruthless accountants, relatives and the like. I wished however, that there would have been a determined amount left towards the help and saving of other animals...But,, then again are we really privy to information that this was not done...I personally believe that it was! This is only an article that claims the wealth left to these animals, it does not speak to other possibilities that a set amount was given OR not given to aide other animals and yet I know these people truly loved animals and did much during their lives, for the very sake of animals. Therefore, again I choose to fully believe that these, their own, were not the only to benefit from their owners wealth.

10:34PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

This is stupid, and think that in the world there people with hungry.

3:00AM PST on Nov 4, 2013


2:05AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

I'd like to work for Gunther...

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