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He lives in a mansion, has a private chef and travels in a limo: the story of Gunther, the richest dog in the world


Netflix will premiere a documentary miniseries about the German shepherd who has a heritage of almost 400 million dollars.

On February 1, Netflix will premiere 

Gunther the Millionaire Dog


The first thing someone might think when reading the title of the miniseries is that it will be another canine comedy.

But with a few seconds of investigation (just read the synopsis) you could understand that

Gunther does exist and that he is the richest animal in the world


Gunther VI

is a German shepherd who lives in Miami and

accumulates a fortune of around 400 million dollars


He owns a yacht, houses in Italy and usually travels in private jets and limousines, sleeping on velvet beds, getting into swimming pools and eating the best meats for breakfast made by a private chef.

It is said that he is in charge of 27 employees.

The official poster of "Gunther's Millions".

Most of the day he works on obedience skills and spends it in his room.

Her mansion, built in 1928, has nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms and faces the sea.

A curious fact about his heritage: according to a compilation made by All About Cats, Gunther VI is followed in the list of the most millionaire animals by

Nala Cat

, who has 300 million, and by

Olivia Benson

, the cat of the singer Taylor Swift, who owns 97.

Before we go over how he inherited his fortune, let's get a few things straight.

One of Gunther VI's banquets.

How can dogs inherit?

Dogs (animals in general)

cannot own financial assets, but can inherit them through pet trusts created by their owners


The trustee determines how much and when the money from the fund is spent, while a primary caregiver requests such payments and is directly responsible for your welfare.

An executor named in the will or appointed by a court of law ensures that the trust is managed properly and that the funds are only used in the best interest of the beneficiary, which in this case is the animal.

The German shepherd owns almost 400 million dollars.

Dog owners sometimes limit the trustee's ability to withdraw money from the pet fund to a number of years to prevent fraud.

In many cases, when the pet dies, the people in charge of managing the fund replace it with another one just to continue drawing on the wealth.

And how did Gunther make his fortune?

Everything would go back to his grandfather, Gunther III, the German shepherd who would have inherited the fortune of the German countess

Karlotta Liebenstein

in 1992.

Gunther VI, adored by his public.

Since Liebenstein would have been left without an heir after the death of his son, he would have decided to give his wealth to his faithful pet.

Back then it was said that the dog was the owner of 80 million dollars.

The Gunthers' estate was increased through investments by Gunther VI's dealer,

Maurizio Mian

, who was reportedly a friend of Karlotta's son and a member of a wealthy Italian family that owned a powerful pharmaceutical company.

Is it all a joke?

Not for sure


In 2021, Gunther VI became known for having sold


's former mansion in Miami for about 30 million dollars, a value almost three times higher than it was acquired in the 2000s.

Maurizio Mian appears in the documentary.

That is why that year the queen of pop uploaded a photo to Instagram joking that a dog had managed to sell her former mansion for a much higher amount than the one she obtained when she got rid of the property.

With the issue in orbit, the

Associated Press

(AP) did an investigation which determined that

the story of Gunther VI and the trust fund had been used as a publicity stunt to mislead journalism


For AP, Gunther VI and his predecessors were false, since they found no evidence that the German countess existed.

Karlotta, they understood, was "just an invention to publicize the philosophy" of the founding of Mian.

But the Italian tycoon spoke up, and while he claimed his confessions about the countess were false, he maintained the dog stories were real.

Mian with the great star of the show.

AP clarified that it was Gunther Corp., the trust, the buyer and seller of Madonna's mansion, but leaving it clear that "the role of the dog seems to be little more than a joke that has been carried out for decades."

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