Tommaso, a 4-year-old black cat in Rome who was formerly a stray is now living the good life after inheriting $13 million. Not a bad way to join the ranks of the 1% group.
Tommaso’s owner Maria Assunta, widow to a property tycoon died two weeks ago at the age of 94 and had no living relatives.
The $13 million includes both cash and property located in Rome, Milan and Calabria.
Italian law forbids pets from inheriting cash and property so everything will be handed over to Assunta’s former nurse who lives with Tommaso in an undisclosed location.
It’s still unclear why Tommaso’s owner chose to give her entire estate to her cat when so many charities could use the money to feed the hungry, protect tens of thousands of animals or perform needed medical research.
Sadly this isn’t the first time we’ve seen money tied up in a single animal, Leona Helmsley left her dog $12 million and Oprah Winfrey reportedly has her dogs written into her will to the tune of $30 million. Heck even Michael Jackson left Bubbles the Chimp $1 million.
In the meantime we don’t expect to see Tommaso the cat joining the 99% in any Occupy Wall Street protests in the near future.
Do you think it’s absolutely insane to leave $13 million to a cat? Now if it was a dog that would be an entirely different story.