Famous Friday: Blackie The World’s Richest Cat

by Paws on Your Heart on August 2, 2013

Would you ever consider putting your pet in charge of your estate after your death? Although this idea might sound absurd to some, many people do see this as a feasible option when writing their Will and Testament. In fact, a man named Ben Rea left over £15 million to his loving feline friend Blackie… which ultimately left Blackie the world’s richest cat.

Okay, so Blackie didn’t receive all £15 million because Ben Rea allotted about half of this money to several cat charities, but this still left Blackie with a large chunk of money. The interesting thing about Ben Rea’s Will and Testament is that he didn’t leave any money to anyone in his family – it was all left for Blackie. This meant that the lucky feline Blackie was set to live a lavish cat lifestyle for the rest of his days.

Not only did Blackie become a notoriously wealthy feline, but he also earned himself a place in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Richest Cat”. Since this exciting time, Blackie has decided to reside to a quieter life outside of the spotlight.

Blackie isn’t the only rich pet in the world. Check out this list of other animals who have inherited a fortune: http://www.shortlist.com/shortlists/the-worlds-richest-animals.

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