Meet Gunther VI, a pampered German Shepherd who is the world’s wealthiest dog.
Just how wealthy can a dog be, you might be wondering? Gunther IV’s estimated net worth is half a million dollars, thanks to the late German countess Karlotta Liebenstein.
Liebenstein died in 1992 and had no human children heirs, but she cherished her animals. Liebenstein left her $80 million fortune to her dog, Gunther III.
Liebenstein’s estate is managed under the Gunther Corporation, which has grown to $500 million from strategic property investments and business ventures.
The trust has been passed from Gunther III to Gunther IV to Gunther V to the current Gunther VI. Gunther VI’s linage dates back 40 forty years and six generations.
Gunther’s lifestyle isn’t ruff. Gunther travels by private jet, dines on steak and caviar, owns yachts, collector cars, and purchased a $1.1 million white truffle at an auction.
Gunther is a trust fund doggo with handlers who manage his health, well-being, day-to-day care, and investments. Gunther’s financial portfolio is diversified in real estate, publishing, sports teams, nightclubs, and scientific research.
Gunther owns properties worldwide, including Miami, Florence, Milan, and his primary home in Tuscany. Gunther may live a life of luxury, but his estate founded Gunther Rescue to help animals in need.
Gunther VI has listed his Miami estate and is hoping to fetch $31.75 million for it. The 8,400 square-foot Mediterranean-style home has nine bedrooms, 8.5 baths in a prestigious neighborhood.
Gunther IV purchased the Miami estate in 1990 from pop legend Madonna for $7.5 million as a vacation home and investment.
The Miami estate is listed by Ruthie and Ethan Assouline of The Assouline Team at Compass.
“We have sold countless multi-million dollar homes, but this is definitely a first,” Ruthie Assouline told Forbes. “When the handlers initially told me a dog owned the property, I didn’t believe it. The property has a history that no one else can claim. The ultra-private gated estate sits on an expansive lot lined with royal palm trees, lush landscaping, and showcases breathtaking open bay views.”
“During our first meeting with Gunther, he ran up and gave me a huge slobbery kiss and licked off my lipstick,” Assouline says. “I think that’s what really sealed the deal.”
When you hear the neighborhood has gone to the dogs, the neighborhood might be financially out of reach for most of us if Gunther VI has moved in.