Once upon a time there was a dog called
, a purebred German Shepherd who became the sole heir to a colossal fortune in 1992. His mistress, the German Countess Karlotta Liebenstein, widowed and childless after the suicide of her only son at the age of 26, made the choice to bequeath everything to him.
The management of the tens of millions has been entrusted to an Italian family friend of the Countess, the Mians.
For 30 years, Maurizio, son of these entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical industry, has held the reins of the estate and ensured that the wills of the Countess were respected.
In addition to the well-being of the dog and its descendants, the money is used for various profitable investments in luxury real estate but above all for the financing of dubious experiments aimed at finding the ultimate recipe for happiness.
to anyone who would listen.
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Countess Karlotta Liebenstein Netflix
The investigations of the French
for the company Nobo Productions as well as their numerous interviews carried out will lead to the disclosure of the truth.
Behind the canine fairy tale actually hides a complex cocktail of craving for notoriety, tax evasion and lust, all against the backdrop of a long battle with depression.
At the head of this urban legend, Maurizio Mian invented this story of a rich German countess.
The photos of the lady he used to play him are actually those of an
The 26-year-old son believed to have committed suicide is a projection of himself and the deep depression he suffers from.
As for the dog used to embody this whole story, he does exist, is called Gunther and belonged to his ex-girlfriend Antonella Signorini.
During their relationship, this German Shepherd fell ill and survived thanks to a miraculous treatment born out of research by the family business.
A miracle that Maurizio Mian used to create his legend.
Maurizio Mian and his dog Gunther Netflix
And the money in all this?
It comes from the family pharmaceutical empire, the Gentili laboratory, sold in 1997 to the Merck group for 400 million euros.
To avoid taxes in Italy, his parents transferred their capital to Liechtenstein, a tax haven.
Until the Italian authorities began to hunt down companies and individuals who played the system by not declaring their income.
To avoid being caught red-handed, Maurizio Mian's mother relied on a very good German friend
"ready to hide the money in her name"
On the death of the latter, still with the idea of circumventing the system, the accumulated jackpot returned to Gunther via a trust.
"We did nothing wrong except to avoid taxes via a small technical detail"
, testifies Maurizio Mian in
Gunther, the dog who was worth millions
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In 1997, the Gunther Corporation was created, rich with hundreds of millions from the sale of the Gentili laboratory.
With this fortune, Maurizio Mian notably bought Madonna's villa in Brickell Avenue in Miami in 2000 for 7.5 million dollars in 2000 (he will sell it for 29 million in 2021).
In Italy, he became the owner of the Pisa football club between 2002 and 2005 then majority shareholder of that of Pontedera in 2006 where he placed porn actresses within the management team.
A long-lasting story.
The money is mainly used to finance the excesses of all kinds of its holder in his perpetual quest for happiness and his fight against depression.
Gunther the dog is ultimately only a supporting role among interested and greedy men and women.