Christmas Comes Early For This Italian Cat!

By Meera Dolasia on December 12, 2011

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While the rest of us are waiting with abated breath, hoping for at least a few items off our Christmas wish lists, one Italian cat is purring with sheer joy - For she, has just became the 3rd richest pet in the world, thanks to a generous owner who bequeathed her a whopping $13mm USD!

94-year old Rome resident Maria Assunta who died last month, had plenty of money but apparently, no living relatives. Therefore in 2009, when her health began to fail, she started to seek out a suitable animal shelter that would take care of her beloved 4-year old cat Tommaso and her multi-million dollar fortune.

However, none of them it seems were good enough for the little black feline, who had been a stray before being adopted by this lonely old lady. So, she instructed her lawyers to leave the entire fortune to her beloved pet. Since the cat cannot actually administer the money, Stefania, a nurse who took care of Maria Assunta till the day she died, has been named Tommaso's guardian - Talk about an early Christmas!

While Tommaso is richer than most humans, it is not the richest pet in the world - That honor goes to Gunther IV, a German Shepherd, who is supposedly worth over $372mm USD, that he inherited from his father - Gunther III, the sole beneficiary of the estate left behind by German countess, Karlotta Liebenstein. If rumors are to be believed, the son is enjoying his wealth immensely in his $5mm USD Miami mansion that he purchased from none other than American pop singer Madonna - And we thought Leona Helmsley's dog Trouble had it good!


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  • imdabestMonday, October 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm
    COOOOOOOOOLLLLLL that is so cool. And really 13 mm dollars
    • markTuesday, March 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm
      poor cat am not happy.
      • flabbr
        flabbrWednesday, January 14, 2015 at 12:24 pm
        that dog is awesome.
        • analise
          analiseThursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm
          awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! I'm a huge cat person! Love it!
          • peacheslarue
            peacheslarueWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm
            Hehe. adorbable!
            • icecreamgurl180
              icecreamgurl180Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm
              love it
              • catlover1Monday, November 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm
                i love cats i have two!Cute!!!!!!!!!!!
                • nikukyu
                  nikukyuWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:38 am
                  I love cats
                  • happypug12
                    happypug12Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:04 am
                    I can't wait till Christmas!
                    • duckiecatc
                      duckiecatcThursday, October 16, 2014 at 9:18 am
                      Definitely, I wish I was that cat.
                      • happypug12
                        happypug12Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:05 am
                        We are going to get a cat when we are responsible enough to take care of it. I heard that if you give a kitten tons of attention when its young, it will grow up to be a friendly cat.

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