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13 People Who Left Their Fortunes to Their Pets

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If you're an animal lover, you might get along with your pets better than you do with people. But do you love your pets so much that you would include them in your will and cut your family members out? That's exactly what many of the people on this list did. These are people who left their fortunes to their pets - often at the expense of those closest to them. 

If you're wondering what a dog is going to do with $10 million, the answer is, "Not much." These rich people who gave money to their pets also assigned trustees to take charge of the money and spend it on the animals. Many of these trustees got pretty sweet deals themselves; most of them got to live in the rich person's mansion while taking care of the animals.

Would you leave your fortune to your dog? If you were this rich, you just might. Check out these people who left pets money.

  • Majel Roddenberry Left $4 Million to Her Dogs

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    Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was the wife of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek. Majel outlived her husband by almost two decades. When she died in 2008, she left a $4 million trust to the couple's dogs, and $1 million to their caretaker. The caretaker also got the right to live in the mansion and take care of the pups.

  • A German Countess Left $80 Million to Her German Shepherd

    German Countess Karlotta Libenstein left her entire $80 million fortune to her German Shepherd, Gunther III. Trustees of the fortune have increased Gunther III's estate to a value of $375 million through investments, making him the richest pet of all time. Gunther III reportedly purchased Madonna's Miami Beach mansion in 2000. His fortune has now passed to his progeny, Gunther IV.

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    When fashion designer Alexander McQueen died in 2011, he left $82,000 to his three English bull terriers, Callum, Juice, and Minter. He also left $164,000 to each of two animal charities: The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and The Blue Cross Sick Animal Center.

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  • Gail Posner Left $3 Million to Her Dogs

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    Gail Posner belonged to one of Miami Beach's richest families. When she died in 2010, she left a $3 million trust to her three dogs, Conchita, Lucia, and April Marie. Posner's son only got $1 million, and he sued, alleging that the house waitstaff took advantage of his sick mother and pushed her to change her will. The waitstaff inherited $26 million and the right to live in Posner's mansion and care for her dogs.