Top 10 People Whose Dogs Inherited a Fortune
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Top 10 People Whose Dogs Inherited a Fortune


10 People Whose Dogs Inherited a Fortune 10. Gail Posner Gail Posner was born with a silver spoon in
her mouth. Being the daughter of the famous American businessman and philanthropist Victor
Posner, she never had to worry about money. Her pet Conchita, a cute little Chihuahua,
was always the center of her attraction. She had never hesitated to spoil her pet with
luxurious tokens of love, like a $15,000 Cartier necklace or a gold Cadillac. The blessed animal,
who had its own bedroom and bath room, was pampered with weekly spa treatments, and used
to proudly accompany the mistress on her lunch dates. When Gail died at an age of 67, she
surprised her own son by leaving a $3 million trust fund and an $8.3 million beach-front
mansion in Miami in the name of her favorite dog. Favorite son though? Eh. 9. Leona Helmsley Leona Helmsley was an American businesswoman
famously known as “the Queen of Mean” because of her hair-trigger temper. She was
the owner of the Helmsley hotel chains, and by the eighties was a well-known household
name. Though the world remembers her as a woman
with a volatile temper who was involved in massive income tax fraud, she was an adoring
mistress to her lapdog, naturally named “Trouble.” When Leona died at the age of 87, she excluded
a bunch of her relatives, including two of her own grandchildren, from her will. She
did now, however, forgot her lap companion. In her will, she left Trouble a cool $12 million. This rare generosity exhibited by an otherwise-mean
woman made Trouble the most hated dog in the whole world for a spell. The poor dog is said
to have received quite a few death threats over her life, because clearly dogs can read.
A court intervention later cut Trouble’s bequeathed grant from $12 to 2 million. This
generous sum was still more than enough to pay for the dog’s luxurious maintenance
for the next 10 years, covering the annual $100,000 for full-time security, $8,000 for
grooming, and $1,200 for food. Trouble’s trainer was paid a handsome $60,000 salary.
Trouble, who is said to have lived up to her mistress’s reputation by exhibiting exotic
biting skills, died in 2010 at the ripe old age of 12. 8. Nora Hardwell Nora Hardwell, a reclusive spinster, lived
all alone with her only companions being her two dogs, Tina and Kate. She couldn’t bear
the thought of her dogs being left stranded after her death, so this loving mistress wrote
a will in which she left a trust of $1 million, and clearly stated that it was “for the
maintenance of any dog or dogs which I may own at my death for the period of 21 years
from the date of my death or until the death of the last of my dogs, if earlier.” After her death, her beloved companions continued
to stay in the home with four acres of lawn, and had a fat million to take care of their
needs. Nora ensured that her canine friends never missed on anything after her death,
except for the loving touch of their mistress. 7. Sidney Altman Sidney Altman, a sharp businessman, had made
quite a fortune by selling bathroom fixtures. He had a long term relationship with his girlfriend
Marie Dana and, when he died at the age of 60, it was expected that he would leave most
of his fortune to her. But events took an unexpected twist when the will revealed that
his $6 million estate was left to “Samantha.” The good news was that Samantha wasn’t some
young, sexy mistress who Altman’s had secretly been schmoozing. The bad news, however, was
that Samantha was a cocker spaniel, Altman’s first and true love. The dog was left a massive
sum of $350,000 and a posh house in Beverly Hills. Dana, on the other hand, was allotted an annual
stipend of just $60,000, and only if she took care of the dog. The infuriated girlfriend
has since sued Altman’s estate, stating that she, being the human lover of the deceased,
deserved to be treated better than a dog. 6. Lee Alexander McQueen Lee Alexander McQueen, a British fashion designer,
committed suicide when he was 42. On his suicide note, he had scribbled the words, “Look
after my dogs.” His display of affection, however, was not restricted to mere words.
McQueen’s $26 million will left each of his three beloved English bull terriers — Juice,
Minter and Callum — a generous sum of $82,000 each “for [their] upkeep and maintenance
… so long as [they] shall live.” His love for animals also showed elsewhere, as he left
$165,000 to both the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity. 5. Majel Barrett Roddenberry Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek
creator Gene Roddenberry, left a handsome trust of $4 million to her pet dogs in her
will. These dogs were additionally given the right to live in one of her luxurious mansions
until they died. The concerned owner was not content however, until she made sure that
her will allotted another $1 million to any loyal employee who chose to live with and
care for the pets. 4. Eleanor Ritchey Eleanor Ritchey was the heiress of the Quaker
State Refining Corporation, so it goes without saying that she was filthy rich. Young Eleanor
was a quiet girl with very little or no social interest. The only person she was close to
was her mother, and when she died in early 1960, Eleanor was left devastated. To soothe
her emotional wounds, she turned to dogs for companionship. She didn’t just buy dogs, but rather rescued
stray dogs from the streets. And she didn’t settle on two or three pups — by the time
she died, she had 150 dogs in her shelter. The woman did not let her death render her
canine friends homeless yet again. She left a trust (possibly over $12 million) to take
care of her dogs. After the last of her companions died, the remaining amount from the trust
went to the Auburn University Research Fund for research into animal diseases. 3. Karlotta Liebenstein Karlotta Liebenstein was a German countess
who was immensely fond of her pet, a fine German shepherd dog named Gunther III. Apparently,
the countess couldn’t even think of leaving her favorite pet off her will. She left her
star canine a tidy sum of $80 million, and did not include a clause like “until he
dies.” This has resulted in Gunther IV, the lucky offspring of Gunther III, inheriting
the fortune from its father. The caretakers and trust managers of the dog
turned out to be quite smart and, instead of wasting away the inheritance, did some
smart investments. Today, Gunther IV’s properties are worth at least $372 million. The dog is
currently the proud owner of a number of villas and mansions, including ones acquired from
pop superstar Madonna. The dog is living a luxurious, pampered life with a personal maid,
a chauffeur-driven limousine, and a custom-built swimming pool, all thanks to his father’s
bighearted owner. 2. Anne E. Dier Anne E. Dier loved and trusted her pet, a
dog named Fannie, more than anything in the world. This was not terribly surprising because
her own husband, who was supposed to be the rock and pillar of her life, had turned against
her. The woman found solace and much-needed companionship in her dog instead. In the year 1909, the unfortunate woman was
shot to death by her husband. However, the wistful thinking of Annie made sure that her
Fannie was not left on the streets after her death. She left her $25,000 estate in the
name of a couple in Buffalo, provided they cared for Fannie and spent much of the money
on her. Fannie definitely must have missed her mistress, but was thankfully left in good
care. 1. Diana Myburgh Brewery baroness Diana Myburgh was very fond
of dogs. She already had a pet dog, Jason, when she decided to bring home another homeless
dog, Jasper. She hardly had time to pamper her new-found companion though, as she died
within a few weeks of bringing him home. However, the concerned mistress had already
secured the future of her four-legged friends. She had willed them 25,000 pounds each, to
make sure they never lived a life of misery. Jasper ended up collecting Jason’s share
of 25,000 pounds upon his death, thereby doubling its inheritance. In addition to this mammoth
sum, the dog was allowed to stay in the Baroness’s mansion, and Mrs. Myburgh had made sure that
her son-in-law, Sir Benjamin Slade, was left in charge of managing Jasper’s money. Slade
invested the fortune in the stock market, and is said to have tripled
the dog’s fortune.

6 thoughts on “Top 10 People Whose Dogs Inherited a Fortune

  1. How can a dog with a 150,000 pound fortune be at number one and a dog worth 300 million be at number 3?? Or is this no particular order

  2. This is absolute proof that their is no reason at all for anyone to be homeless or hungry in this world! What this hell is wrong with people and their mindsets? One of those 12 mil plus inheritances could end homelessness in an entire state, or end world hunger for 5 years. This goes to show those wealthy at the top see their dogs as family, and their average worker as slaves.

  3. 8 out of these 10 were women.  Could it be that the overwhelming majority of people who can't find suitable human companionship are women?

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