Gunther the $375 Million Dog and Other Wildly Wealthy Pets
They eat caviar every day. They enjoy spa treatments on the regular. And they own several properties.
No, I'm not talking about someone from the royal family. I'm talking about some of the wealthiest pets on Earth. According to a ranking by CompareTheMarket.com, these animals live decadent lifestyles thanks to their extremely vast fortunes.
30. Csoki the Parrot - $65,599
One of the most common ways animals have found themselves on this list is having really generous owners. Take Csoki the African parrot, for instance. Csoki was living a very comfortable life with Victoria Brown, a millionaire from London, England.
29. Minter, Juice and Callum the Dogs - $81,000
Alexander McQueen was one of the world's most talented fashion designers. His avant-garde and forward-thinking looks were frequently worn by fashion risk-takers like Björk, Daphne Guinness and Christina Aguilera. But when he died by suicide in 2010, he continued to stun his followers.
28. Bella Mia the Dog - $100,000
Bella Mia the Maltese from New York is sitting pretty. No, it's not because of her $100,000 allowance to get new outfits, jewelry and spa treatments. It's because of the will from her owners, which will eventually leave her with a million-dollar fortune, trust fund and vacation home.
27. Crystal the Monkey - $144,000
It's likely that you've seen some of Crystal's work on the big screen because Crystal the Monkey has appeared in over 20 movies. In her most notable role, Crystal starred in The Hangover films as the drug-dealing monkey, providing plenty of punchlines for the screwball comedies.
26. Manny the Dog - $150,000
Manny the French Bulldog is more than just another furry social media sensation. This dog with over 1.1 million Instagram followers is also a self-described "philanthro-pup." As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Manny the Frenchie Foundation means actual business.
25. Tinker the Cat - $160,000
Tinker, once a stray cat, made friends with an elderly woman in north London who had no children or family in her life. After she died in 2002, she left $160,000 in a trust to Tinker.
24. Lil Bub the Cat - $195,000
You know you've seen Lil Bub's adorable little face with her tongue that won't seem to stay inside her mouth. Her unique appearance was due to several genetic mutations, including an extreme form of feline dwarfism that caused her limbs and lower jaw to be quite small in comparison to the rest of her body.
23. Jiff the Dog - $204,000
Jiff the Pomeranian (or JiffPom as he's known on social media) is a real-life dog. It's important to put that out there first because JiffPom could very easily be a stuffed animal. He's just that cute. Over 9.6 million Instagram followers seem to agree.
22. Chunmun the Monkey - $250,000
Chunmun came into the lives of Brajesh and Shabista Srivastava at the right time. The married couple met the monkey in 2005 and have treated him as a son ever since. Their chemistry really lifted each other's spirits, and Chunmun lives a comfortable lifestyle with lots of fruits and plenty of air conditioning to keep him cool in India.
21. Henri the Cat - $316,000
Taking a page from 1960s French cinema, Will Braden filmed Henri, his cat, for a series of viral videos on YouTube. In each clip, Henri went through existential crises fit for a dramatic, black and white French film noir.
20. Doug the Dog - $500,000
Doug the Pug is a seriously famous pup. With over 3.8 million followers on Instagram alone, Doug has dubbed himself "the king of pop culture." He even has his own People's Choice Award! So what makes him so famous? Check out his Instagram page.
19. Juniper the Fox - $540,000
Juniper is the most famous fox on the Internet. Sorry, not sorry, Ylvis. Juniper has amassed herself a cult following on Instagram, with over 2.9 million followers patiently waiting for the happy-go-lucky fox's next post.
18. Hamilton the Cat - $826,800
Yes, the mustache is real. And yes, it has helped Hamilton "The Hipster Cat" make himself a pretty penny thanks to his hundreds of thousands of social media followers. The perfectly symmetrical white fur under his nose gives the illusion that Hamilton could be found at your local dive bar with a Pabst Blue Ribbon at his side.
17. Bodhi the Dog - $990,000
Bodhi is known as "the most stylish dog in the world" thanks to his successful modeling career. The handsome Shiba Inu was discovered in 2013 when a photograph of him modeling surfaced online. He has since graced the pages of The New York Times, GQ, Time magazine, CNN and many other publications.
16. Missy the Cow - $1,200,000
Missy the Cow has a lot to be proud of. For starters, she was auctioned in 2009 for $1.2 million, likely making her the most expensive cow in the world. The reason? She's believed to be a "perfectly proportioned" Holstein cow, having won several titles, including Grand Champion of the 2009 Western Fall National Show.
15. Maru the Cat - $1,800,000
If you've ever gone down a rabbit hole of "cat playing in boxes" videos on YouTube, you've likely seen Maru the Cat. Maru is a social media sensation in the cat world, amassing millions of video views for living his best life with boxes of various shapes and sizes.
14. Tara the Cat - $1,850,000
Tara "the Hero Cat" is a tabby from California who was adopted by the Triantafilo family after she followed them home one day. The cat became attached to their children, particularly their 4-year-old boy Jeremy, who lives on the autism spectrum.
13. Bubbles the Monkey - $2,000,000
Bubbles the monkey was the cherished pet of the late pop star Michael Jackson. Bubbles mostly lived at Jackson's Neverland Ranch estate, where he enjoyed meals at the dinner table and slept in a crib but accompanied Jackson on tour when he needed companionship.
12. Choupette the Cat - $3,500,000
This is one fashionable feline. Choupette is the beloved pet of the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The designer was rarely seen in public without his beautiful white cat at his side. For someone who routinely wore black and white, Choupette was a very fitting accessory to Lagerfeld’s outfits.
11. Street Cat Bob - $5,000,000
Bob is not your average alley cat — he’s the subject behind several best-selling memoirs from James Bowen and the inspiration for the film A Streetcat Named Bob. Bowen met Bob back in 2007 when Bowen was busking for spare change in London's Covent Garden.
10. Pontiac the Dog - $5,000,000
Betty White has been a lifelong entertainer and a lifelong animal lover. Throughout her successful career that has lasted several decades, White uses plenty of her personal time to advocate for various animal welfare charities. That's how she met her most valued pet, Pontiac.
9. Bart the Bear - $6,000,000
Referred to as "the John Wayne of bears," Bart the Bear 2 is one of the most successful movie animals of all time. With over a dozen acting credits under his big belt, Bart the Bear 2 has amassed himself a $6 million fortune.
8. Conchita the Dog - $11,300,000
This is a serious case of puppy love. Gail Posner, Florida socialite and daughter of corporate tycoon Victor Posner, really loved her pets. When she passed away in March 2010, her pet Conchita the chihuahua's bank account grew exponentially.
7. Blackie the Cat - $12,500,000
Ben Rea was one of the most successful antiques dealers in the United Kingdom. He was also a bit of a recluse. When he died in May 1988, he refused to leave his millions to his family. Instead, he left money to members of his staff and the bulk of his fortune to Blackie.
6. Tommasino the Cat - $13,000,000
When 94-year-old Maria Assunta died in 2011, she reportedly had no living relatives. So Assunta left the bulk of her estate to the stray black cat she rescued — only Italian law made the transaction a tad bit complicated.
5. Gigoo the Chicken - $15,000,000
We don't mean to ruffle your feathers, but there's a chicken out there worth $15 million. Yes, let's let that sink in for a moment. The British hen was owned by wealthy publisher Miles Blackwell, who left Gigoo $15 million in his will.
4. Sadie, Sunny, Lauren, Layla and Luke the Dogs - $30,000,000
Golden retrievers Luke and Layla, cocker spaniel Sadie and springer spaniels Sunny and Lauren are the lucky dogs of the one and only Oprah Winfrey. She must really love these dogs because she's reportedly leaving $30 million to them in her will.
3. Olivia Benson the Cat - $97,000,000
Taylor Swift has made no secret about her love for cats. One of Swift's cats in particular has amassed a fortune of her very own. Olivia Benson, named after one of Swift's favorite characters on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is a successful TV commercial and social media star.
2. Grumpy Cat - $99,500,000
She had the face only the Internet could love. Tardar Sauce earned her fortune thanks to her online nickname and permanently "grumpy" face. All it took was one photo of "Grumpy Cat" to go viral in 2012 to help launch her own multimillion-dollar merchandise empire.
1. Gunther IV the Dog - $375,000,000
The richest animal in the world is a German Shepherd named Gunther IV. With his own collection of mansions, cars and human staff, Gunther lives the life of a very "good boy." We're talking steak and caviar on the daily for this extremely fortunate dog.