Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette 'to inherit' his £150m fortune
Will the Chanel iconic designer make Choupette the richest cat in the world?
Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette could be set to inherit his entire £150 million fortune after his death.
The creative director for Chanel and Fendi aged 85, died in a hospital in Paris on Tuesday morning.
Chanel described him as “an extraordinary creative individual” and paid tribute to him.
The CEO of CHANEL, Alain Wertheimer said: “Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinarily creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.”
While the whole fashion world mourned about the loss of great talent, it wasn’t long before attention drawn to Lagerfeld’s cat – Choupette, who has already made a name on Instagram.
The white-coated Balmain cat, who has nearly 195,000 followers on Instagram, has its own staff, including three maids.
On Choupette’s Twitter, she said: “I am Choupette Lagerfeld and I am Daddy Karl Largerfeld’s spoiled pussy whose maids pamper her every need.”
During the 2013 Fashion week, Lagerfeld even told CNN that he would marry his cat if it were legal.
“There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would in love like this with a cat,” he said.
According to French newspaper Le Figaro, Choupette might be entitled to Lagerfeld’s multi-million-pound fortune under German law if she had been nominated as his “heir”.
In a 2015 interview, Lagerfeld said: “She has her own little fortune, she’s an heiress.”
The 6-year-old cat has already made more than £2.3 million in a year after modelling in just two ad campaigns.
It is still not yet very clear who will look after Choupette now, but there has been a rumour that the late designer's male model muse Brad Kroenig and his son Hudson, may receive the call-up.
According to Compare the Market’s 2018 Pet Rich List, Choupette is ranked the 13th on the list. If she could inherit the fortune successfully, she would be the richest cat in the world.