5 Pets Who Earned A Fortune From Their Dead Owners

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It's been done many times over the years to make a pretty large gesture by leaving millions of dollars to a pet.

Here are eight pets who received significant inheritances from their owners, ranging from wealthy dogs who own villas to a cat who strolled with millions after its owner passed away.

1. Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, is said to have left her pets with a $2.65 million (about $3.3 million) estate when she passed away in 2008.

In addition, Barrett-Roddenberry left £662,000 to her housekeeper, who would "be allowed to" stay living in the family's mansion and caring for the different cats and dogs who called it home, according to the Daily Mail.

2. Gunther, a German shepherd, is the richest canine in the world.

According to BBC News, when his owner, the late German countess Karlotta Liebenstein, passed away in 1992, Gunther III, a German shepherd, received a $65 million inheritance. Gunther's money was subsequently invested by the humans who looked after his doggy estate, who then gave it to Gunther's son, Gunther IV, who received $375 million.

Gunther IV is now regarded as the richest dog in the world after he and his crew of handlers utilized that money to purchase houses and villas all over the globe (including Madonna's).

3. The richest cat in the world, according to Guinness World Records, is a black cat by the name of Blackie. In 1988, when his owner Ben Rea, an antiques dealer, left a sizeable portion of his fortune to his beloved pet, Blackie received £7 million (roughly $12.5 million).

Rea didn't leave anything to his family in his will, but he did make supplementary donations to many cat-related charities with the request that they care for Blackie.

4. Maria Assunta, a wealthy widow of an Italian real estate magnate, left her cat Tommaso her €10 million (roughly $13 million) fortune before passing away in 2011.

Asunta had no children and left the cat's money to her lifelong nurse, who told the Daily Telegraph she was unaware of Asunta's wealth during the time she spent caring for her. After Assunta's passing, the nurse and the cat relocated to an unspecified location outside of Rome in order to be away from scammers.

5. According to the Wall Street Journal, Miami socialite and heiress Gail Posner left her chihuahua Conchita and her other two dogs a $3 million trust fund and a Miami Beach mansion after she passed away in 2010.

Throughout her life, Conchita reportedly received costly presents, manicures, and lunches at the Shore Club in South Beach, Miami, at a cost of roughly $8,000 a month, according to Mrs. Posner.

Posner's son filed a lawsuit against the estate when his mother passed away, alleging that she was forced to leave such a sizable sum to the dogs by her housekeepers. What happened with the lawsuit's outcome is unclear.

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