Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The world’s richest pets

Gunther the world's richest dogGunther IV Countess Karlotta Libenstein of Germany left German Shepherd Gunther III, Gunther IV's father, $106 million. Trustees took the money and invested it and by the time Gunther IV was born, the gift had grown to $372 million. This is a dog with expensive tastes. Gunther IV reportedly purchased a villa from Madonna for more than $3 million and a rare white truffle for $1,500.

Toby RimesToby Rimes is another millionaire that made her money the old fashioned way: She inherited it. Toby Rimes is a descendant of a poodle owned by millionaire Ella Wendel who, in 1931, left her dog $20 million. Today, the gift is worth $80 million, making Toby Rimes the second richest animal in the world.

TroubleTrouble, the Maltese companion of the late Leona Helmsley, passed away in 2010 at the age of 64 (in human years - she was actually 12 years old). Trouble was worth $12 million when she died in Sarasota, Fla. This animal was a symbol of excess, and led the same life that made Helmsley somebody that the public loved to hate. Trouble was hand fed crab cakes, cream cheese and steamed vegetables until she moved to Sarasota where she lived out her life modestly eating canned Alpo.
FlossieIf you thought that rich animals only came from old money, that's not always the case. Flossie, who passed away in 2010, was a dog that Drew Barrymore adopted from an animal shelter. Flossie alerted Barrymore and then boyfriend Tom Green that their home was on fire. Barrymore credits Flossie with saving their lives and in return, added to her will that her $3 million home would be left to her beloved dog, Flossie.

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