The lavish lifestyle of our paw-some friends
Know how pet parents are bestowing their love, affection, and wealth on their pets. These obscenely lavish four-legged friends are wealthier than most of us can ever be.
–by Aneesha Prakash
Our paw-some dogs are known to be man’s best friends as they are endowed with the qualities of loyalty and love. Pet parents are seen providing utmost attention to their furry friends and showering them with love, treats and the best of amenities. However, in order to safeguard their canine friends under any unfortunate event where the pet parent breathes their last before their best companion does, they pass on their wealth to them.
Gunther from FRIENDS or Gunther the paw-some friend?
Gunther IV is someone who is accompanied with the service of top-of-the-line housemaids, butlers and chauffeurs who drives him from one multi-million-dollar complex to another. With a net worth of $400 million, he makes even the most influential person as such as Drake ($260 million), Kobe Bryant ($350 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($300 million), Sandra Bullock ($250 million) look proletarian. He resides in a mansion in Miami, acquired from the famous singer Madonna for $7.5 million and luxuriates in a custom-made swimming pool and estates in Italy, Germany, and the Bahamas. He further dines with panache as he devours steak and caviar occasionally with some rare white truffle for $1.1 million obtained from an auction. Gunther IV isn’t a business tycoon or the heir to a prince of Saudi. Gunther IV is a German Shepherd and the world’s most affluent dog. As mentioned, usually pet owners bequeath their wealth. However, Gunther IV became heir to his father, Gunther III’s wealth which was wired through a German countess by the name of Karlotta Liebenstein who left behind a fortune of $106 million dollars in 1991. The diversifying Gunther lineage, increasing their revenue with the help of experienced investments by trustees, go head to head with the Kardashians as of 2023.
Lauren, Luke, Layla, Sadie and Sunny––Oprah’s kids with Paws
Oprah Winfrey is known to be a woman of substance in business, acting, and most of all television hosting. Nonetheless, what most of us aren’t aware of is that Winfrey is a fervid rescuer of dogs and a devoted mother of three dogs. Winfrey has retained as many as 20 dogs (or more) in her lifetime with Layla and Luke–– two beautiful golden retrievers– gaining most popularity. Unfortunately, they aren’t with us anymore. Winfrey now adores her three dogs Lauren, Sunny, and Sadie. Lauren and Sunny, two springer spaniels are adopted whereas Sadie, a cocker spaniel, was rescued by Winfrey in 2009 from Chicago based ‘no-kill’ shelter labelled ‘Paws’. These three furry friends are said to receive a colossal sum of $30 million in their respective trusts when Winfrey departs for her heavenly abode. Despite having a net worth of $2.8 billion, Winfrey set an example for everyone by choosing rescues over bred, ‘designer dogs’ hoping people follow the bandwagon because it’s always a game of choices. Which one are you choosing?
Conchita and Boo –– The Queen and The Cutest
Conchita, also referred to as the “Queen of Miami” and Boo labelled as the world’s “cutest” dog are rightfully a part of the rich canine club. Gail Ponser, the daughter of the acclaimed businessman Victor Ponser, was an affectionate dog-mom popularly known for shopping at Tiffany’s and buying cashmere sweaters for her little chihuahua. In order to ensure Conchita’s best care, Ponser left her with her beach-facing abode worth $8.4 million as well as a trust fund of a whopping $3 million. And Boo with a net worth of $8 million, gained increasing popularity when Kesha, the singer, referred to him in her tweet as her “new boyfriend.” Son to a Finance Lead at Facebook, Irene Ahn, Boo is an adorable Pomeranian with 5 million Facebook followers. Moreover, in order to amass with his current net worth, Irene was also approached by Chronicle Books to publish photo books named Boo: The world’s cutest dog and Boo: Little Dog in the Big City, that have laid the foundation for Boo to make a fortune for himself.
Food for thought
It is not a coincidence that we have grown closer to our pets and are ready to spoil them with all we have. Perhaps all doting pet parents with spare money could also consider being philanthropic and contribute towards the furballs who are underprivileged? Do ponder over this thought!