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Cat inherited $13mln from owner, becomes 3rd richest animal

Postby mevotex » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:32 pm

A woman who died in Italy last month has left her beloved pet cat a whopping $13.3 million fortune in her will, making it now the world's richest cat and third richest animal.

How lucky can a cat get? A 4-year-old stray cat that was rescued from the streets of Rome has inherited a $13 million fortune from its owner, the wealthy widow of an Italian property tycoon.

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World's richest cat: $13 million

Maria Assunta left the fortune to her beloved kitty Tommaso when she died two weeks ago at the age of 94. The feline's newfound riches include cash, as well as properties in Rome, Milan and land in Calabria.

As her health began to fail two years ago, Assunta, who had no children, began to seek out a way to see that Tommaso was properly cared for after she died. In November 2009, she bequeathed her entire estate to the alley cat that she rescued.

Assunta initially wanted to leave her riches to an animal welfare association or group that would commit itself to taking care of Tommaso. She was not able to find any association that would satisfy her, so she decided to leave all her riches to the cat.

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From stray cat in Rome to world's wealthiest car

Under Italian law, Tommaso however is not entitled to inherit the money directly, but Assunta was able to name a trustee to care for the black male kitty. That person has only been identified as Stefania, the 94-year-old woman's nurse.

"She had become very fond towards the nurse who assisted her," Anna Orecchioni, one of the lawyers for Assunta who now act as the lawyer for the cat, told Il Messaggero newspaper. Stefania met the older woman in a park and was hired to take care of her.

"We're convinced that Stefania is the right person to carry out the old lady's wishes. She loves animals just like the woman she devoted herself to right up until the end."

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Kalu the Chimp: world's 2nd richest animal, $80 million

Stefania told the Telegraph that she had no idea the woman that she was caring for was so incredibly wealthy.

"The old lady suffered from loneliness," the nurse said. "She looked after that cat more than you'd look after a son. Assunta had no living relatives.

"I promised her that I would look after the cat when she was no longer around. She wanted to be sure that Tommaso would be loved and cuddled. But I never imagined that she had this sort of wealth," she said. "She was very discreet and quite. I knew very little of her private life. She only told me that she had suffered from loneliness a lot."

Tommaso and Stefania are now living outside Rome at an address that is undisclosed, so to avoid con artists and potential kidnappers.

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Gunther IV, world richest animal, $372 million

The windfall for Tommaso places him No.3 on the list of wealthy animals, behind Kalu the chimp, whose owner left him $80 million dollars, and top dog Gunther IV, a German shepherd who inherited $372 million dollars from its father Gunther III, a beloved companion of an eccentric German countess.

Real estate billionaire Leona Helmsley famously left $12 million to her little dog Trouble in 2007, although her human descendents contested the will, and Trouble's pot was cut to $2 million.
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Postby GroupASave » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:40 pm

Just imagine the world today even animals
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Re: Cat inherited $13mln from owner, becomes 3rd richest ani

Postby miickey » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:05 am

what the..? theyre lucky animals!
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Re: Cat inherited $13mln from owner, becomes 3rd richest ani

Postby DMsia » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:11 am

would love to see the animals sign cheques for money withdrawal..
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Postby gameaddict » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:11 am

But.....how the animal gonna spend the money??
Surely....partial of them money will be used by certain party.
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Re: Cat inherited $13mln from owner, becomes 3rd richest ani

Postby DMsia » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:17 am

gameaddict wrote:But.....how the animal gonna spend the money??
Surely....partial of them money will be used by certain party.


Morning GA,.

I think the money can be handled by the nurse who take cares of the cat now..
so i suppose once the cat dies, the money goes to her..
so I daresay the lucky person is the nurse... not the cat..

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Re: Cat inherited $13mln from owner, becomes 3rd richest ani

Postby mevotex » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:19 am

There are some legal enforcement on it, did you see the richest animal, the money is left by 'its father' not 'its owner'?
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Postby gameaddict » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:30 am

mevotex wrote:There are some legal enforcement on it, did you see the richest animal, the money is left by 'its father' not 'its owner'?


OMG !!

those animal is lucky....i work my btt of also won't reach 13 million ^^
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Re: Cat inherited $13mln from owner, becomes 3rd richest ani

Postby lcsiong » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:44 am

if like that next life i wanted to become the pet of those rich people
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Postby g@b@nTr0m3n » Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:08 pm

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