On Tuesday, legendary fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld passed away and he just didn’t leave behind a fashion legacy, but also left a generous portion of his $300 million dollar fortune to his cat, Choupette.
Not that Choupette needs any of that, because this feline earns about $3 Million every month just through sponsorships, advertisements and being an Instagram celebrity with over 270,000 followers. According to Consequence of Sound, she also served as an ambassador to the German car-maker Opel, has launched her own lines with makeup company Shu Uemura and luxury cat-product producer Cheshire & Wain, and has also been the subject of two books.
Lagerfeld addressed his cat’s fortune in the past, noting, “She has her own little fortune, she is an heiress. If something happens to me, the person who will take care of it will not be in misery… She’s a rich girl!”
Lagerfeld lived with Choupette in France, which has strict laws in place, which disallows money to be left to pets in wills. However, Lagerfeld addressed these legal issues prior to his death, telling Numéro, “Well it’s lucky I’m not French then.” The fashion designer mentioned that the sum would be transferred leveraging his German citizenship, a country that allows animals to be estate beneficiaries.
Choupette is set to become one of the world’s richest cat ever, a title which previously belonged to Blackie, a British cat who was left $9.15 million by his owners in 1988. Unfortunately, she won’t bag the title of the richest animal ever which belongs to a German Shepherd named Gunter IV. The dog inherited $375 million in 1991 from German countess Carlotta Liebenstein.