Karl Lagerfeld's kitty to inherit a large sum of his $273 million dollar fortune


It pays to be Choupette Lagerfeld.

Source: Chanel

Source: Chanel

As the fashion world mourns the passing of one of its most iconic figures, Karl Lagerfeld, attention has quickly turned towards Lagerfeld’s equally famous kitty, Choupette.

Originally left with Lagerfeld by Chanel model Baptiste Giabiconi to cat-sit, the designer and kitty formed such a strong bond that Giabiconi had no choice but to gift Lagerfeld with Choupette and the pair had been inseparable ever since. 

With her own instagram and a dedicated twitter account, Choupette has become one of the most famous cats in the world, though it is her outlandish lifestyle that has garnered her the most attention. Choupette, which roughly translates to ‘sweetie’ in French, is said to have an iPad, eats at the dinner table twice a day with her ‘daddy’ Lagerfeld, sleeps in ‘discarded’ Chanel pieces and always travels in a private jet.

Although probably most extraordinary is the fact that Choupette has her own bodyguard, private vet and not one, but two maids who also keep a journal of her moods and activities.

Though Choupette’s lifestyle is excessive and expensive, the kitty has also returned the favour, earning the designer millions of dollars through various endorsement deals and promotions, meanwhile being the muse for various Chanel products and campaigns.

Money and extravagance aside, there is no denying Lagerfeld and Choupette’s bond was incredibly special. The designer and head of Chanel even jokingly complained that there was not yet marriage for humans and animals and stated that he never thought he would fall in love with a cat like he had with Choupette. 

So what will happen to Choupette now that Lagerfeld is no longer with us? Well, the kitty is assumed to inherit a large portion of the designer’s $273 million dollar fortune.

The designer himself told Vanity Fair before he passed that “if anything happens to me, the person who will take care of her will not be in poverty”. 

I don’t know about you but I want to be next in line after Anna Wintour to be reincarnated as Choupette. Or at least one of her maids.


Words by Lydia Heise

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