You know people can make millions of dollars as influencers or heirs, but have you ever thought about animals who can make bank just by being themselves? In case you need more proof that pets improve your life, here are 15 of the richest pets in the world, who make their owners incredibly wealthy.
1. Gunther IV: $375 million
This German Sheperd lives a life of luxury in Germany to the cool tune of $375 million. He inherited the money from his father, Gunther III, who inherited the money from his owner, the countess Karlotta Leibenstein who passed away in 1991, leaving $106 million to her dog. Trustees invested the money, which is how it grew to nearly $400 million. Gunther IV reportedly bought a villa from Madonna for over $3 million.
2. Grumpy Cat: $99.5 million
Some pets work hard for the money. Or, at least, they have smart owners who seize a good opportunity. Grumpy Cat is one such pet. Known for being, well, grumpy, this cat went viral and even starred in a film, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Officially named Tardar Sauce, Grumpy Cat earned fame after her owner posted pictures of her grumpy face on the internet. What a time to be alive (and to be a cat owner)!
3. Olivia Benson: $97 million
Taylor Swift has three cats, Olivia Benson, Meredith Gray, and Benjamin Button. Olivia prefers to make her own money instead of living off Swift. She does appear all over Swift’s Instagram, but Olivia has also starred with her owner in ads for brands like Keds and Diet Coke. Swift was so inspired by her cats that she auditioned and was cast in the film version of Cats, premiere in December 2019.
4. Sadie, Sunny, Lauren, Layla and Luke Winfrey: $30 million
We can only imagine just how much Oprah Winfrey spoils her pets, based on how much she loves to spoil her fans. Her five dogs, Sadie, Sunny, Lauren, Layla, and Luke, will reportedly receive $30 million when Oprah passes, and they each have a trust fund. Based on her photos, we’re certain they will continue to be taken care of for the rest of their lives.
5. Gigoo: $15 million
you don’t have to be a dog or a cat to benefit from wealthy owners. Meet Gigoo, the chicken worth $15 million. The pet of late British publisher, Miles Blackwell, Gigoo continues to happily live in the British countryside. Blackwell reportedly left a lot of his fortune to charity and set aside $15 million to ensure his beloved pet was taken care of after his death. He passed shortly after his wife, and the couple didn’t have any children.
6. Tommasino: $13 million
This is a real Cinderella story. Tommasino was a stray cat living on the streets of Italy when he was found by Maria Assunta, the widowed wife of an Italian tycoon. She couldn’t find a suitable organization to leave her money to that would care for her beloved cat. When Assunta died, she left her entire estate — worth just under $13 million — to Tommasino through her nurse, who didn’t realize how wealthy Assunta was. The pair live happily ever after outside of Rome.
7. Blackie: $12.5 million
He’s No. 7 on our list, but this British millionaire cat, Blackie, once made the Guinness Book of World Records as the richest cat in the world. When antique dealer Ben Rhea died, he left his fortune to Blackie, the last surviving cat of his 15 cats, instead of family members. He also left money to his gardener, plumber, and mechanic, and gave his home to a good friend.
8. Conchita: $11.3 million
Chihuahua Conchita made bank when her owner died in 2010. Gail Posner was a socialite and heiress living in Florida who left her fortune — $8.3 million plus her $3 million beach home — to her three dogs (through her housekeeper, who got the $3 million when she agreed to care for them). Posner’s son contested the will, saying his mother was coerced by the staff into giving her entire fortune to her pets.
9. Bart the Bear 2: $6 million
Bart the Bear 2 works hard for his million dollar fortune. You may recognize him from films like Dr. Doolittle 2, Evan Almighty, Into the Wild, We Bought a Zoo, and even Game of Thrones. So why is he Bart the Bear 2 and not just Bart? The original Bart died in 2000 — the same year Bart the Bear 2 was born. The two bears are not related.
10. Pontiac: $5 million
Does it get any better than being Betty White’s dog? Worth a smooth $5 million. Pontiac is a retired guide dog who White adopted when he was just over a year old. The pair love hanging out, we assume eating cheesecake and exchanging quippy one-liners. According to Compare the Market, Pontiac has a trust fund worth $5 million.
11. Street Cat Bob: $5 million
Author James Bowen wrote his true story about how a stray cat who appeared on his doorstep, Street Cat Bob, saved his life and helped him beat his heroin addiction. What’s even more amazing is how much Bowen’s life has improved as a result of Bob. Bowen wrote several memoirs based on his life with Bob before it became a film. Bowen doesn’t star in the movie, but Bob does, which is largely how this stray cat who adopted a homeless man is now worth $5 million.
12. Choupette: $3.5 million
The feline pet of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld is almost as famous as her owner and is worth $3.5 million alone. With her own social media and branded items, Choupette keeps Lagerfeld’s legacy alive following his death in early 2019. The cat is purported to get some of his $195 million fortune, but details haven’t been finalized. If she gets the money, then Choupette could be the richest cat in the world. Lagerfeld is quoted as saying whoever takes care of Choupette after his death “will not be in misery.”
13. Bubbles: $2 million
The chimp lived the good life on Neverland Ranch with Michael Jackson, inheriting $2 million after the King of Pop died. Then, Bubbles retired to Florida (as you do) following the singer’s death. However, he isn’t one to sit around during retirement. Bubbles keeps busy painting, with his work selling for as much as $750 at auctions. The money’s for a good cause, benefitting the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, where he lives.
14. Tara the hero cat: $1.85 million
Tara is a true hero. In May 2014, the cat saved a 4-year-old boy being viciously attacked by a dog. The dog was bigger than Tara, but she chased the dog away before checking on the boy. He needed some stitches, but the boy was fine, thanks largely to Tara’s heroism, which was caught on CCTV and uploaded to YouTube where she found a fanbase. Compare the Market lists her net worth at $1.85 million, mainly from media appearances.
15. Maru: $1.8 million
Maru is a Japanese cat, like most other cats in the world. The only difference is that unlike other cats, Maru is a YouTube sensation. He had the most views of any animal in 2016, earning a title in the Guinness Book of World Records. Maru continues to enjoy YouTube fame; his channel has the seventh most subscribers in Japan. He’s also been featured on commercials in Japan, helping grow his net worth to a comfortable $1.8 million.