8 pets who inherited a fortune

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By Madison Vanderberg, INSIDER
  • Some individuals use their wills to leave money to their pets.
  • In some cases, these pets have been left acres of land.
  • Some pets have been given millions of dollars upon their owner's death.

Leaving millions of dollars to a pet is a pretty grand gesture that's been done many times over the years.

From  rich dogs who own villas to a cat that walked with millions when its owner died, here are eight pets that inherited large fortunes from their owners.


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Instead of leaving money to his children, a man left his entire fortune to his black cat. According to Guinness World Records, the richest cat in the world is a black cat named Blackie who inherited £7 million (about $12.5 million) in 1988 when his owner Ben Rea - an antiques dealer - left a good portion of his fortune to his beloved pet.
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An eccentric widow left her $13 million fortune to her cat. Maria Assunta, the wealthy widow of an Italian property tycoon, left her €10 million (about $13 million) fortune to her cat Tommaso when she died in 2011.

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

During her life, Mrs. Posner reportedly spent about $8,000 a month on Conchita in the form of lavish gifts, manicures, and lunches at the Shore Club in South Beach, Miami.

After her death, Posner's son sued the estate, claiming his mother's housekeepers coerced her into leaving such a large sum to the dogs. It's unclear what the result of the suit was.


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Two collies in England inherited an entire five-acre farm. Nora Hardwell left her collies, Tina and Kate, about $500,000 and five acres of land near Bath in England, according to CBBC news. The dogs continued to live on Hardwell's estate after her death in 2002 and they were later cared for by the gardener.

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A man gave $6 million to his dog. A Los Angeles man who made his fortune selling upscale bathroom fixtures left the majority of his $6 million estate to his cocker spaniel, Samantha, when he passed away in 1998.

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