Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, is set to inherit some of his massive fortune, valued over $200 million.
Karl Lagerfeld died this week, leaving behind a large fortune following his pioneering career as a leader in the fashion industry, working with Chanel, Fendi and more leading luxury fashion brands.
And his pet cat, Choupette, is set to inherit part of the German-born designer’s reported $200 million fortune.
Mr Lagerfeld, 85, had a special bond with his pet, with Choupette – who has his own unofficial blog and 164,000 followers on Instagram.
The pampered eight-year-old cat has enjoyed a jetset lifestyle eating off silver platters since Lagerfeld “kidnapped” her in 2011 from his young friend, male model Baptiste Giabiconi.
Long before his death on Tuesday, Lagerfeld said he had made sure that she would go on living in the style that she had become accustomed to, with her own personal bodyguard and two maids.
“Choupette is a rich girl,” he once told French television, hinting that had written her into his will.
“She has her own fortune,” he added, thought to be around three million euros, which she earned with him doing advertisements for a German car firm and a Japanese cosmetics brand.
The late fashion icon also announced Choupette would inherit some of his fortune in an interview with Numero magazine last year.
“Among others, yes. Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone,” he told the magazine.
Choupette – who the designer compared to the enigmatic star Greta Garbo – is something of a cult figure in the fashion world, with more than 170,000 followers on social media.
She is also the hero of a book, “ Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat”, where she was photographed in arms of supermodel Linda Evangalista and snuggling with model turned actress Laetitia Casta.