Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette is reportedly set to inherit a chunk of the fashion designers fortune following his recent death.
By, 22 Feb 2019
Lagerfeld passed away on Tuesday aged 85. A brash and outspoken figure, Lagerfeld provoked mixed reactions with his comments on the harsh realities of the fashion world.
But despite the differing opinions on Lagerfeld's legacy, no-one can accuse him of being boring. The news that he's leaving millions to a cat will be no surprise to those familiar with the eccentric designer.
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It's believed Lagerfeld amassed a fortune of around £150million. And while there's speculation over who will inherit what, Lagerfeld previously confirmed that Choupette will be one of the benefactors. In a 2015 interview, Lagerfeld said that his beloved cat "has her own little fortune. She's an heiress.”
The only questions now are how much Choupette will inherit and who will be responsible for taking care of one of the world richest animals. The most likely foster parent is Lagerfeld's longtime male nurse and former model Brad Kroenig.
Choupette won't be the first cat to inherit a fortune. In 2011, Maria Assunta left her $13million fortune to a black cat called Tommaso.
According to the UK law firm Slater and Gordon, it's not uncommon for owners to include pets in their last will and testament. However, they are rules and regulations regarding the transfer of wealth to our furry friends.
Debbie Ugbo is will and probate expert for Slater and Gordon. She told the Independent, “A cash gift left directly to a pet upon death will fail as animals cannot own cash or legally receive an inheritance. The Executors/Trustees of an estate can, however, hold money assigned to pets on trust with the direction that the money is used to pay for the pet’s care, maintenance and other expense."
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