They’re cute, they’re cuddly, they’re loyal, and sometimes, they’re even rich. It’s hard to imagine what an animal could do with millions of dollars, but these charming pets have it all figured out. Animals have a way of working their way into our hearts, and in some of these cases, they even work their way into our wills thanks to certain legal loopholes. Some generous pet owners that wanted to make sure their pets would be taken care of, should they outlive their owners, have set these furry friends up for life.
A bookshop tycoon named Christina Foyle was fond of strange and rare pets, and that is how she came to own Silverstone the Tortoise. Silverstone is more than 50 years old and was left with over $27,000 when Foyle died, along with a permanent caretaker. Slow and steady really does win the race!
Although she died in 2010 at the age of 12, Trouble the Maltese outlived her owner, real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley, by 3 years. Helmsley had entrusted her $12 million dollar estate to her beloved dog, although a judge ruled that Trouble would receive “only” $2 million.