Italian cat inherits €10m fortune: Four-year-old stray becomes world's richest feline after death of 94-year-old mistress
The cat is now worth an estimated €10m, or approximately US $13 million. (Technically, the cat is the beneficiary of a trust, with some random cat-lover the old lady met in a park as the estate's trustee.)
Dogs are richer than cats, however:
But the fortune pales by comparison with that of Gunther IV, an Alsatian who inherited from his father Gunther III, the pet of a German countess. According to the Pet Gazette, he is worth around $372m.
What I don't get about that article (well, aside from the idea of leaving your fortune to a cat) is this:
The richest cat was previously thought to be Blackie, who was left £9m by his reclusive British owner in 1988.
£9m in 1988 would be the equivalent of about £20 million today, or US $31 million. That's three times as large as the inheritance that supposedly makes this Italian kitty the "world's richest cat". So what happened to Blackie's fortune after 1988? Did he die intestate? Lose it all at Vegas? Maybe it was diluted among lots of heirs ("cat heirs"?) such that none of his descendants inherited as much as Tommaso just did.