By Matt Bagwell
Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Choupette Set To Inherit Sizeable Chunk Of Chanel Designer’s Multi-Million Fortune
And yes, it is actually possible for an animal to inherit cash, in German law at least, if the cat was nominated the ‘heir’ through an association or foundation.
Choupette originally belonged to the model Baptiste Giabiconi, but Karl took such a shine to her when she came into his life in 2011 that he reportedly refused to give her back.
The designer’s love for Choupette knew no bounds, and he even admitted he’d marry her if he could.
He told CNN in 2013: “There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.”
Despite his love for cats, Lagerfeld’s use of fur in his designs meant he was a target of animal rights organisation PETA.
Just hours after his death was announced, the group posted a message on its official UK Twitter account, sending “condolences to our old nemesis”
Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) February 19, 2019
“Karl Lagerfeld has gone,” they tweeted. “And his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.”