This week marked Love Your Pet day. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who recently died at the age of 85, took that a little too far with his cat, Choupette.
Lagerfeld, who was best known as Chanel’s creative director, had an estimated net worth of $200 million. In a 2018 interview, Lagerfeld said that one of the heirs to his estate would be Choupette.
“[Choupette], among others, yes,” Lagerfeld said in the interview with Numero magazine, when asked to confirm whether or not the cat would inherit part of his estate after his death. “Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone.”
The late fashion designer famously doted on his cat, who has her own Instagram account with more than 200,000 followers. According to a 2012 interview Lagerfeld gave to Harper’s Bazaar, he boasted that she ate her kibble out of dishes by Goyard (one Goyard pet bowl is currently selling for almost $800 on eBay), had two maids, and was personally taken care of by Lagerfeld’s driver. In a separate Numero interview exclusively about Choupette, Lagerfeld bragged about the bowls his cat ate out of.
“Now she’s an adult she dines with me. She sits opposite me and eats what she has to eat. Before she might have attacked any old prawn, but now she will only touch the four different dishes prepared for her on that day, served in fabulous bowls,” he said.
“She has one [Goyard bowl] for water, one for her little croquette, and one for her pâté,” the wealthy designer told Harper’s Bazaar, adding that her maids kept a daily journal of her meals and brushing sessions.
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The fact that the deceased fashion icon is leaving a portion of his wealth to his cat may be because he viewed her in the same way a husband would his wife.
“[W]ith all these whiskers I look a lot like Choupette,” he told Numero. “[W]e’re really like an old couple. In fact, she maintains it for me, we sleep on the same pillow and she spends her life licking it.
Because Lagerfeld is German, his wealth will be subjected to Germany’s estate tax system. Had he been an American and passed part of his estate down to Choupette, the cat would be exempt from paying taxes on any gifts less than $5.6 million under President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts.
Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.
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