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German shepherd that inherited £370m fortune to sell Madonna’s former mansion

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Nobody would be thrilled at the idea to learn that a dog has more money than them – and by a vast amount, too – but bizarrely, this is indeed the case.

German shepherd Gunther VI is estimated to be worth around $500 million (£370 million) – and he lives in a Miami mansion that was once owned by the one and only Madonna.

Flabbergasted yet? Keep reading.

Gunther VI is the descendant of a beloved pet that inherited the vast fortune of its owner, German countess Karlotta Liebenstein, following her death in 1992.

The dog's great-grandfather, Gunther III, inherited the huge sum of money nearly 30 years ago when it was left to him by his devoted owner.

Since then, a group of handlers have looked after the fortune, ensuring that the Gunther bloodline continues to live a life of luxury.

Part of the money was used to purchase a mansion in Florida that was once owned by pop legend Madonna.

But now, Gunther VI is preparing to sell the 1.2-acre waterfront property for $31.75 million (£23.5 million).

Even more bizarrely, this impressive house is technically just a holiday home for Gunther VI – his main home is in Tuscany in Italy.

The real estate listing for the Miami mansion is being managed by husband and wife team Ruthie and Ethan Assouline.

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Ruthie told the Associated Press: "He lives in Madonna’s former master bedroom. He literally sleeps overlooking the most magnificent view in an Italian custom bed in the former bedroom of the greatest pop star in the world."

She also explained her initial reaction when she found out about the listing.

"When it was explained that this house was bought by this German shepherd, I was like, ‘What are you talking about? I’m not following you,’" she said.

In a similar case of pets inheriting millions, Blackie, the feline pet of reclusive antique dealer Brit Ben Rea, inherited his entire fortune of £7 million when he died in 1988.

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None of his estate was left to his family, with the only instructions to the charities that he left money to care for Blackie in his absence.

Oprah Winfrey will also leave a significant chunk of her estate to her dogs when she passes away.

It was claimed in 2007 that the media personality, who is believed to be worth over £1.7 billion in total, has set aside as much as £21.25 million for the care of her dogs when she dies.

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