The Lifestyles Of Super Rich Pet Beneficiaries

Gunther Dog

Last week, Leona Helmsley left her beloved Maltese, Trouble, a $12 million trust fund. Many questioned why someone would leave a pet that much money. Well, this “queen of mean” is not the only one who has left a pet an extravagant amount of money.

The most notorious canine heir is a German Shepherd called Gunther IV (pictured here). He is reportedly worth $180 million dollars.

This rich German Shepherd inherited the money from his father, Gunther III, who was given $60 million when German countess Karlotta Libenstein passed away in 1992. The dog supposedly lives the jet-setting life. In 2000, the BBC reported that Gunther IV paid up to $7.5 million to buy Madonna’s Florida villa. He, of course, lives in the master bedroom.

Websites about Gunther say that “Gunther does not have owners. He has trustees.”

Some have said that Gunther is a hoax or possibly performance art.

In any case, there are many other examples of some super rich pets with huge inheritances.

Kalu, the chimpanzee, stands to inherit $80 million dollars. Kalu was rescued from a tree in South Africa by Patricia O’Neill. In 2000, O’Neill changed her will so that the chimpanzee would inherit her estate near Cape Town.

O’Neill said she couldn’t bear to think what might happen to her beloved chimp after she died. Her husband is not such a fan. He said he started to hate Kalu ever since he caught her smoking his cigarettes and drinking his liquor. (C’mon, give the chimp a break. Perhaps she had a bad day.)

There is Toby Rimes, a poodle, a descendant of a dog that inherited $30 million from a New York woman.

Tinker, an eight-year old cat from London, inherited $900,000 when a woman found him as a stray. She also left him a three-bedroom house and a $200,000 trust fund when she died in 2002.

Eileen, Hamish, Paris, Tuffnel, Boon, and Coco were cats of Beryl Reid, an actress. She left her $1.8 million cottage to her friend and asked him to look after them.

A 52-year-old tortoise named Big Tibby was left with $100,000 after his millionaire owner died. An African parrot called Csoki also inherited $100,000 from his millionaire owner.

Mary Burton left Fluffy, her ginger tomcat, $60,000 and left her estate to an animal shelter provided that the staff take good care of her cat. In her will, she said Fluffy “should have a home in the sun and be provided with a diet of fresh pilchards, steamed cod, tail ends, no bones, best lean roast beef and vegetables and only milk, no water.”

One lucky dog was saved from a horrible fate. Jasper, a Labrador mix, was abandoned and was about to be euthanized when he caught the eye of a heiress. Soon after Jasper got to his new home, his new owner died. She left Jasper and another dog, Jason, $50,000 each.

He lives quite the lavish lifestyle on an estate. He eats nothing but sirloin steak, Dover sole, fresh mussels and wears a diamond collar.

How much will your pet inherit?

Source: The Independent


7 Responses to “The Lifestyles Of Super Rich Pet Beneficiaries”

  1. kaefamily says:

    whatever we have our designated family members and our pup will inherit. Ain’t much really.

  2. mittens says:

    figures i get the orphaned ghetto kitties who have no trust funds.

    i always wanted to be knee deep in betches like Old Gunther but little did i know they’d be poor, have pointed ears and tails….

    beryl reid was a wonderful british actress who was in the very forward for it’s time play and eventually film ” the killing of sister george” .

  3. Lorri says:

    what absurdity. the ultimate in self serving. why not leave a reasonable care amount the pet and the balance to people who really need it. The ones that scrimp and cut corners to save the average abandoned animal from the streets and shelters.
    talk about the rich being clueless. Here’s a fine example.

  4. catmom5 says:

    Imagine what good could be done for animals and still allow the benefactors to live a long and comfortable life. My “kids” are spoiled, but GEESH!

  5. Scot says:

    Today,’s loveable mascot Arfie kicked off a campaign to raise money for the Humane Society and has asked newly-minted millionaire pup, Trouble Helmsley (left $12 million in her owner Leona Helmsley’s will) to join in the cause.

    Arfie’s owner has pledged to donate $1 for every pet and owner that registers at, up to $25,000. Arfie is asking Trouble to match the total amount raised with the money going to the Humane Society’s Rural Veterinary Services Program.


    Scot French
    Marketing Director
    InfoSpace, Inc.

  6. Dog Care Tips says:

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    I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting

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