Choupette is the coolest and the richest cat on earth now after her owner, the late Chanel and Fendi fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld left her a fortune worth 200 million US dollars.
The German designer who passed away in Paris on Tuesday, had long before made a statement that Choupette 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. She has her own fortune” he once told French television, hinting that had written her into his will.
Karl Lagerfeld with Choupette, his cat
He had then indicated that Choupette’s fortune was earned with him doing adverts for a German car firm and a Japanese cosmetics brand.
In 2018, Lagerfeld also told the French magazine, Numero, that he had named the Birman cat as one of the heirs of his estate.
The fortune only propels Choupette’s already established fame further across the world. Currently, she is some sort of a cult in the fashion industry and the social media where she has more 200,000 followers on social media with a hired digital marketing expert Ashley Tschudin running them.
The book, “Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat, features her as the hero. She was photographed in arms of supermodel Linda Evangelista and snuggling with model turned actress Laetitia Casta. She has also appeared with Giselle Bundchen on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Choupette with Giselle Bundchen on the cover of Vogue magazine
Included in the book are recipes for Choupette’s favorite food made by some of the best restaurants in Paris. One of them is a mixture of king crab, smoked salmon, and caviar.
The cat has one of the most lavish lifestyles than millions of people in the world. Unlike other typical cats, Choupette eats at a table.
Lagerfeld once quipped that Choupette is “like a human being, only with an extra quality — silence.”
Contrary to what many would think, the cat was forbidden to do cat adverts by the owner who claimed that “she is too sophisticated for that.”
“She has something unforgettable in the way she moves — I´m inspired by her elegance and her attitude,” Lagerfeld once said.
Choupette’s help was sometimes sought by those trying to persuade Lagerfeld to adopt their ideas.
Through her, Brigitte Bardon, the French actress, and animal activist wrote a letter in 2015 asking Choupette to tell, or rather “purr in the ear” of Lagerfeld to stop using fur in his collections.
The actress’s request was granted and Chanel duly became the first major fashion house to go fur-free.
Nevertheless, the whole of Lagerfeld’s fortune doesn’t entirely go to Choupette. Announcing his will, he noted that she would only get a portion of it.
“Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone,” he said implying that Choupette won’t get the entire fortune.
Lagerfeld was so sure that he was leaving his cat a fortune to an extent that when he was told that under French law, he could not leave his millions to a cat.
“That’s OK,” he stated, “because I am not French”, hinting that the money could be left in trust.
Well, now Choupette joins the list of pampered pets in the world. Fashion designer Alexander McQueen also left 50,000 pounds in his £16 million fortune for his dogs to be pampered for the rest of their lives.
Also, Oprah Winfrey’s dogs may receive about 30 million dollars for their upkeep and welfare, reports indicate.