The Richest Pet in the World Is Worth $375 Million

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

The German Sheperd, Gunther
Gunther IV, the German Sheperd | Mind Warehouse via Youtube

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.

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2. Grumpy Cat: $99.5 million

Grumpy Cat
Owner Tabatha Bundesen holds up Grumpy Cat | Barbara Munker/picture alliance via Getty Images

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)!

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3. Olivia Benson: $97 million

Taylor Swift with Olivia Benson
Pop star Taylor Swift with Olivia Benson | Taylor Swift Updates via Youtube

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, set to premiere in December 2019.

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4. Sadie, Sunny, Lauren, Layla and Luke Winfrey: $30 million

Sophie Oprah Winfrey Stedman Graham
Oprah Winfrey and her partner Stedman Graham walk Sophie. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

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.

Next: Dogs and cats aren’t the only pet millionaires.

5. Gigoo: $15 million

A chicken
A rich chicken | Qiu Haiying/VCG via Getty Images

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.

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6. Tommasino: $13 million

Tommasino the cat
One of the world’s richest cats, Tommasino, in an Italian newspaper | ODN via Youtube

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.

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7. Blackie: $12.5 million

Stray wild cats in the city center of Thessaloniki, Greece
Black cat | Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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.

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8. Conchita: $11.3 million

Chihuahua Conchita
Chihuahua at Paris Fashion Week | Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

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.

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9. Bart the Bear 2: $6 million

Bart the Bear 2 with trainer
Bear trainer Doug Seus plays with Bart 2. | Barcroft Media/Getty Images

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.

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10. Pontiac: $5 million

Pontiac and Betty White
Betty White and Pontiac partnered with Morris Animal Foundation. | Morris Animal Foundation via Youtube

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.

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11. Street Cat Bob: $5 million

James Bowen and Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob sits with his owner James Bowen. | Binneystreet via Youtube

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.

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12. Choupette: $3.5 million

Karl Lagerfeld with Choupette
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld with Choupette | Choupette’s Diary via Instagram

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.”

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13. Bubbles: $2 million

Bubbles and Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson enjoys a cup of tea with Bubbles. | Sankei Archive via Getty Images

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.

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14. Tara the hero cat: $1.85 million

Hero Cat, Tara
Seven-year-old Tara received the National Hero Cat Award in 2015. | Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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15. Maru: $1.8 million

Maru the Scottish Fold
Youtube sensation, Maru, the Scottish Fold | MuguMogu via Youtube

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.