Andy Warhol famously predicted that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” He forgot to mention their pets. Movie stars, rock stars and star athletes have long enjoyed lives of wealth and celebrity, but today, some of the richest people in the world aren’t people at all.
Thanks to YouTube and social media, cats, dogs and everything in between are raking in massive fortunes, cultivating legions of loyal fans and enjoying the life of a global celebrity. But what about the actual humans who earned their star power the old-fashioned way?
Click through to find out how these animals stack up against rich celebrities.
Toby Rimes vs. LeAnn Rimes
In 1996, the world met country music/pop-crossover superstar LeAnn Rimes, who would go on to win two Grammys and become the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a CMA Award for Best Country Singer. But is she one of the richest country music stars or is a poodle out-earning her? Toby Rimes is the latest poodle in a long line of poodles that trace their lineage to 1931, when a wealthy New Yorker named Ella Wendel died and left her beloved pooch — and all of his descendants — her fortune.
Winner: Toby Rimes
Toby Rimes net worth: $92 million
LeAnn Rimes net worth: $10 million
Talent, beauty and charisma earned LeAnn Rimes a net worth of $10 million. History dating to a kooky rich lady earned Toby Rimes $92 million, which makes him a lot richer than you probably thought. According to Reader’s Digest, the $31 million the first Toby inherited in 1931 has ballooned to nearly three times its original value.
Lil Bub vs. Lil Wayne
Like her more famous counterpart Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub is an internet superstar who is making money after going viral and owes her impossible cuteness to extreme feline dwarfism. She’s also a documentary star, talk show host and published author. Lil Wayne is a superstar rapper who parlayed a difficult childhood in a rough New Orleans neighborhood into a globally successful hip-hop career.
Winner: Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne net worth: $150 million
Lil Bub net worth: $20,000 a year
It’s hard to nail down Lil Bub’s exact net worth, but the Telegraph estimates her antics rake in a cool $20,000 a year — not nearly enough to compete with Lil Wayne’s $150 million net worth. The rapper earned his fortune and became one of the richest rappers thanks to his talent, which Rolling Stone considers one of the best of his generation. He won five Grammys and was nominated for 24 more.
Grumpy Cat vs. Walter Matthau
Referred to by Forbes as the “internet’s original pet superstar,” Grumpy Cat is a feline whose dwarfism plastered a permanent scowl on her face. When her owner Tabatha Bundesen posted a picture of her new kitten in 2012, the world fell in love — and Bundesen got rich as Grumpy Cat probably became pretty expensive in the cat world. The late Walter Matthau was an Oscar-winning actor with more than 100 credits dating back to 1950. Among his most famous movies was “Grumpy Old Men” in 1993.
Winner: Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat net worth: $100 million
Walter Matthau net worth: $10 million
Although Bundesen disputes the massive nine-figure number, Grumpy Cat is reportedly worth $100 million. After Grumpy Cat stole the internet’s heart in 2012, the money began to pour in, and she became one of the world’s richest cats. By 2013, Grumpy Cat’s cartoonishly sad mug was the official face of Friskies, and one year later, she starred in her own feature film, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.” Even though he made many more movies than Grumpy Cat, Matthau was worth just $10 million when he died.
Trouble vs. Kurt Russell
When hotel heiress Leona Helmsley died in 2007, she shocked the world and disappointed her relatives when she left most of her fortune to her beloved lap dog Trouble, making the Maltese the world’s richest dog. Kurt Russell is the longtime partner of Goldie Hawn and one of the world’s most recognizable actors, famous for films such as “Overboard,” “Escape From New York” and — to his true fans — “Big Trouble in Little China.”
Winner: Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell net worth: $70 million
Trouble net worth: $12 million, later cut to $2 million
Kurt Russell’s $70 million net worth is more than enough to one-up Trouble, the super-rich dog who inherited $12 million, according to ABC News. A judge later cut the inheritance down to $2 million after it was found to be excessive. Russell was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. With roles in blockbuster franchises like “The Fast and the Furious” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” his movies have earned more than $5 billion worldwide.
Conchita vs. Maria Conchita Alonso
In 2010, a Chihuahua named Conchita joined a surprisingly long list of lucky dogs whose owners left them more money than they left their own children when they died. Heiress Gale Poser actually left her fortune to her three dogs, but the darling of the litter was always Conchita, who wore a $15,000 diamond collar. Maria Conchita Alonso is an actress with 40 years in show business and a resume that includes “Colors,” “The Running Man” and a laundry list of successful television shows.
Conchita net worth: $8.3 million and a $3 million trust
Maria Conchita Alonso net worth: $8 million
With a net worth of $8 million, Maria Conchita Alonso would have been in a near tie with Conchita the dog, considering the mansion the Chihuahua inherited was worth $8.3 million. But what tips the scales for the four-legged Conchita, according to a report from the time in the New York Post, is the $3 million trust also left to the dog. CelebrityNetWorth confirms those numbers.
Tapit vs. Tiffany
Tapit the racehorse is currently retired from the sport but makes more living the charmed life of a stud thoroughbred than any horse ever could running on the track. Tiffany is an ’80s pop-icon-turned-Nashville-boutique-owner whose single “I Think We’re Alone Now” launched her career and defined the decade.
Tapit net worth: $35 million
Tiffany net worth: $4 million
Move over, Mr. Ed. Tapit is the most valuable stud in America, according to the CNBC, which reports that the stallion breeds with 125 mares a year — but not until they cough up $300,000 for the privilege. That’s a record — and one that earns the horse $35 million a year. Tiffany, on the other hand, gets by on a net worth of $4 million. Considering owning a horse is pretty expensive, it’s nice that there is a payoff.
Boo vs. Bono
Bono is the longtime frontman of supergroup U2, a philanthropist, activist and rock god. Boo is arguably the cutest dog in the world and has dominated for nearly a decade with his status as an internet sensation since 2009. The four-legged merchandising machine has appeared in three books, has his own line of plush toys and earned contracts with the likes of Amazon and Virgin America.
Bono net worth: $700 million
Boo net worth: $1.8 million
Boo has a net worth estimated by Express UK to be 1.3 million pounds, or about $1.8 million. Bono, on the other hand, has won a whopping 22 Grammys and been nominated for 48 others. He’s a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, a British knight and the man Rolling Stone credits with helping to “steer the course for post-’80s rock and roll.” He has a net worth of $700 million.
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Some photos are representational of the animals — Grumpy Cat, Boo and Lil Bub are the actual animals.
All net worths come from either CelebrityNetWorth or Forbes unless otherwise stated.