You may not know it, but it is possible, in various forms, to bequeath your fortune to an animal. Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee, has inherited a mansion and $2 million. Choupette Lagerfeld was endowed by her master with a comfortable pension. Blackie became the richest cat in the world when an English antique dealer, who died in 1988, bequeathed him 10 million euros. But the richest of all these pet heirs is a dog.
His name is Gunther VI and he owes his immense fortune to his ascendants, the first of whom, Gunther III, became a multimillionaire in the 1990s thanks to his mistress, Countess Karlotta Liebenstein. When she died in 1992, this German aristocrat bequeathed her entire fortune, estimated at 52 million euros, to her faithful companion. Justice, within the legal framework of inheritance, then entrusts an asset management company with the mission of looking after the dog’s fortune. Brilliant investments made the jackpot grow.
He has a private chef, two drivers and a close team who make sure he lacks nothing
So much so that when Gunther VI inherits, his fortune reaches 445 million euros! Like a wealthy human, this handsome German Shepherd lives up to his means. He has his private chef, who serves him beef or caviar, and a human staff who take care of him: two drivers and a close team who make sure he lacks nothing. Gunther VI also has a private jet and four planes, with which he visits his various properties in the Bahamas, Italy, Germany, or his villa in Miami, just for sale.
Located on a plot of 4,700 m2, it was purchased in 2000 for 7.5 million euros from Madonna. “Besides its seller, this Tuscan-style villa is a unique property in itself,” says Ruthie Assouline, the realtor in charge of selling the house, which has stunning views of Biscayne Bay and whose grounds are lined with royal palm trees. opens onto a private seafront. The house, built in 1928, has nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a huge swimming pool.
Madonna: “When you find out a dog is selling your house for three times the price he bought it from you”
“When the estate managers told me a German Shepherd owned the property, I couldn’t believe it!” exclaims Ruthie. This is really a first.” Yet all of this is true. The main residence of Gunther VI being located in Tuscany, this villa in Miami served him regularly as a base during his travels in the United States.
He then slept in the former master bedroom of the star, in a custom-made round bed, in red velvet and with a view of the sea, while his portrait sat enthroned above the fireplace in the living room. The villa, perfectly renovated, is offered for sale at a price of 28 million euros, which did not fail to react to the singer Madonna, who posted on Instagram a photo of herself mimicking stupor, with this comment: “When you discover that a dog is selling your house for three times the price at which he bought it from you…” The (good) fortune of the Gunthers is obviously not about to stop!
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