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Cat Rich List: Wealthy Felines Of Taylor Swift, Karl Lagerfeld

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Benjamin Button
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Benjamin Button

There is a new boy in Taylor Swift’s life. His name is Benjamin Button, and he’s a cat. Swift already owns two female cats, considered the richest in the feline world. They’ve got plenty of company on that coveted Pet Rich List. Read on...

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Olivia Benson (and Meredith Grey)
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Olivia Benson (and Meredith Grey)

To consummate viewers of American television shows, these names bring to mind fictional female characters in two popular shows. To Taylor Swift, they are her Scottish fold cats. Being nominated for top honours like the “cutest musician pet” comes after a hard day’s work, often times. Benson (R), the younger of the two, has appeared in videos and commercials alongside Swift. According to a 2018 Pet Rich List, Benson is worth $97 million.

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Choupette
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Choupette

When Karl Lagerfeld died earlier this year, he was famously survived by his fashion legacy as well as his beloved Choupette, a Burmese cat. And considering that this furball is used to zipping around in private jets and multiple servants who tend to her white fur and blue eyes, she needs that $200 million inheritance, or at least a part of it. Of course, if work keeps pouring in (she’s been a car brand ambassador and has her own beauty line), Choupette can keep adding to her coffers.

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Tommasino
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Tommasino

This Italian kitty’s now dead owner may not have headline-grabbing credentials. But by bestowing upon Tommasino, a black stray, an inheritance of $15.6 million in 2011, 94-year-old Maria Assunta ensured that her cat had better luck than her in the fame department. The widow of a successful builder, Assunta owned several properties. After her death, it could be said that Tommasino became a property magnate, with “flats and houses worth 10 mn euros scattered from Milan in the north to Calabria in the south”.

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Street Cat Bob
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Street Cat Bob

The story of this ginger cat and his author-owner James Bowen is slightly different. The duo saw their fortunes change together, and in fact gave each other a leg up in that regard. Bowen was homeless and a drug addict, making his living as a street busker when he ran into this injured ginger cat. In a manner of speaking, the two adopted each other. Tending to Bob helped Bowen overcome his addiction and he went on to even write books with titles inspired by his beloved cat. As the books gained popularity, the duo rose in prominence and opportunities came pouring in. Apparently today, Bob is worth almost $5 million.

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Grumpy Cat
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Grumpy Cat

Any listicle on cats is incomplete without a mention of one of the internet’s most recognisable felines — the grumpy cat aka Tardar Sauce. Her unique facial expression has been considered meme-worthy and brought her owner Tabatha Bundesen and Tardar fame and fortune. Appearances, modelling, book deals and ad films have brought home a lot of dough for the duo. A magazine put Tardar’s net worth at almost $100 million. But Bundesen has dispute this figure, without commenting on the specifics.

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