With German fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld’s death died last week, his beloved cat, Choupette, is in line to inherit a portion of his $300 million dollar fortune.
In an interview with Numéro last year, Lagerfeld announced that his cherished feline would serve as his heir.
Choupette, whose name is French for “sweetheart,” has lived a lavish lifestyle, with purrsonal maids to look after her comfort. The inheritance will ensure that she’ll still get her daily meals of caviar and chicken pâté and travel on private jets.
But even without an inheritance, Choupette is a millionaire on her own. With a bunch of purring Instagram fans, she’s earned a healthy $3 million through sponsorships and ad appearances. She’s been an ambassador to German automobile manufacturer Opel, launched her own lines with brands like makeup company Shu Uemura and luxury cat-product producer Cheshire & Wain, and been the subject of two books.
Lagerfeld and Choupette lived in France where strict laws prohibit leaving money to pets in wills. But it’s likely that Lagerfeld addressed these legal issues prior to his death, telling Numéro, “Well it’s lucky I’m not French then.” The fashion designer hinted that the sum would be transferred leveraging his German citizenship, a country that allows animals to be estate beneficiaries. (Yay for Germany! Get your act together, France!)
Depending on how much Choupette inherits, she may wrest the title of the richest cat ever from Blackie, a British cat who was left $9.15 million by his owners in 1988.