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5 of the World’s Richest Animals (Slideshow)


5. Trouble the Maltese.

The so-called “Queen of Mean” may have not liked humans (or paying taxes!) very much, but Leona Helmsley sure did love her Maltese. After her death in 2007, the notorious hotel and real estate mogul left a trust valued at $12 million to her beloved Trouble, making the lap dog one of the wealthiest — and most famous — animals on the planet. Her estate was worth billions, and, though 2 of her 4 grandchildren didn’t make the cut, and the other two grandchildren received a measly $10 million, the estate bankrolled Trouble’s lavish lifestyle to the tune of $100,000 per year. So how on earth can you spend that much on a dog? Well, the bulk of it went to private security, $8,000 for grooming, and $1,200 for food. Trouble passed away in 2010, and the remainder of her trust went to charity.

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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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