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Tommaso the black cat inherits $8.5 million from his Italian owner
NY Daily News ^ | December 10 2011, | Kevin Deutsch

Posted on 12/10/2011 9:47:16 PM PST by Beowulf9

Rags to riches tale of kitty who went from living on the streets to lap of luxury

once down-on-his-luck stray cat has become the world’s richest kitty — thanks to a childless widow who left him $8.5 million in her will.

Tommaso the black cat, who once scoured the streets of Rome for food, can now afford a gilded litter box with the inheritance.

In a handwritten will penned shortly before her death last month, Maria Assunta, 94, ordered that the money from her real estate empire should keep the green-eyed feline she rescued in the lap of luxury.

Animals are prohibited from direct inheritance under Italian law, so Assunta tasked her lawyers with finding "the animal welfare body or association to which to leave the inheritance and the task of looking after the cat Tommaso,” according to The Guardian newspaper.

They searched far and wide for the right organization, but none could guarantee Tommaso the princely life envisioned for him by Assunta.

So she willed her beloved feline — and the riches — to a fellow cat-lover she met in a park weeks before she died.

"Sometimes I'd go to her house so my cat could play with Tommaso," the woman, identified only as Stefania, told The Guardian.

Stefania, a nurse, also cared for Assunta until the end.

"I had no idea the signora had such wealth,” Stefania said.

She and Tommaso are now living in an “undisclosed location” outside Rome, The Guardian reported.

Tommaso is not the first lucky pet to receive a massive payday.

"Queen of Mean" Leona Helmsley famously left $12 million in 2007 for the care of her tiny dog, Trouble.

The hotel heiress’s will was later challenged and recast.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: cat; inheritance; italy; kittyping; million; pet; vivalitalia

1 posted on 12/10/2011 9:47:23 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

any catfood you want, baby!


2 posted on 12/10/2011 9:54:00 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

"Heyz kid,wez gotta pizza shop in da Bronx dat needz finachal suzport, yu'd intressed?"

3 posted on 12/10/2011 9:58:05 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Beowulf9
As I look over at Sky, and wonder where the other hacking hairball factory is.... I spend $9.48USD/mo. on those two. They should get jobs.

Meh... my catz (und kinder) get nothing. I'm spending it all.

Ok... maybe the kidz get the house.

/johnny

4 posted on 12/10/2011 9:58:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Beowulf9

I favor raising taxes on all rich acts and dogs.


5 posted on 12/10/2011 10:18:59 PM PST by Texas Gal (Yay shariah. It's as great as diarrhea.)
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To: Texas Gal

Oops... cats. Not acts.


6 posted on 12/10/2011 10:20:58 PM PST by Texas Gal (Yay shariah. It's as great as diarrhea.)
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To: Beowulf9; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

7 posted on 12/10/2011 10:44:53 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Doogle

Lol!


8 posted on 12/10/2011 10:46:22 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Slings and Arrows

Aw, no pics of the actual Fat Cat. Wonder if he’ll ever be undisclosed.


9 posted on 12/10/2011 11:00:22 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

10 posted on 12/10/2011 11:37:47 PM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

He’s getting pointers from Dick Cheney.


11 posted on 12/11/2011 12:04:32 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Beowulf9

What is wrong with stupid old biddies who leave millions to their pets whilst there are plenty of human charities that could do with the money?


12 posted on 12/11/2011 1:26:22 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

There’s nothing wrong with people doing what they want with their own money.


13 posted on 12/11/2011 1:54:11 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

People have the freedom to do whatever they want. But I do not have to respect them for making the choices they make. I wiki’d that ‘Queen of Mean’ woman and apparently when her own son died, she evicted his widow and her own grandchildren a few days after the funeral. No wonder she died sad, lonely and so embitterdly misanthropic that she gave all her money to a dog. I often wonder whether she or other people like her ever sat and reflected on why she had a poor relationship with other human beings...


14 posted on 12/11/2011 2:10:54 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Slings and Arrows
That's misleading. She could not legally bequeath her estate to a cat, so in reality, she left it to her friend with the provision of caring for Tommaso.

It's nice that kitteh will not have to return to his former homeless life.
15 posted on 12/11/2011 2:52:05 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Beowulf9

We live in strange times, indeed.


16 posted on 12/11/2011 3:08:59 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord bless and keep our troops.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan; Fresh Wind
What is wrong with stupid old biddies who leave millions to their pets whilst there are plenty of human charities that could do with the money?

I used to feel the same way, but now it doesn't bother me so much. It seems that most fat cats who leave their money to charity don't pick "Food for the Poor" or the Sisters of Charity, cancer research or even their local food pantry. They leave the money to Ivy League colleges, population control organizations like Planned Parenthood (see Warren Buffet), avant garde art institutes that sponsor Mapplethorpe and Annie Sprinkle and NPR (see Joan Kroc, McDonald's tycoon Ray Kroc's widow).

The money for the cat goes into an investment fund, which winds up feeding the overall economy. Some will go to lawyers challenging the will, which is sad. The money actually spent on kitty will provide an income for a small staff, and maintain a nice house. In no more than a decade and change, kitty will use up his last life. Cats' appetites are significant, but not infinite. They don't typically drink booze. They don't take illegal drugs on purpose. Heck, pampered house cats are normally forced into celibacy, so there won't even be heirs! This will probably leave at least $7 million of the $8.5 million untouched. Unless two or more sides of lawyers get particularly randy.

There are worse things to do with the money, and they have been done by the Joan Krocs of this world.
17 posted on 12/11/2011 4:33:52 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
This will probably leave at least $7 million of the $8.5 million untouched. Unless two or more sides of lawyers get particularly randy.

No question in my mind that the lawyers will get more of the money than the kitty and its caregiver.

18 posted on 12/11/2011 6:07:15 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Beowulf9
In 1946, H. Allen Smith wrote a novel entltled Rhubarb (Garden City, NY: Doubleday) about a cat who inherits a major league baseball team. It was made into a movie in 1951.


19 posted on 12/11/2011 6:10:51 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Why do you care what a total stranger does with her money?


20 posted on 12/11/2011 6:20:46 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

I have an opinion, and I am expressing it.


21 posted on 12/11/2011 7:47:24 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Beowulf9
What is it with Sundays and "Service Temporarily Unavailable "???

Has Jim Rob taken to partying late on Saturday nights now?

22 posted on 12/11/2011 7:51:09 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Be good, Santa is coming)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The cat also now has a security detail.


23 posted on 12/11/2011 10:31:56 AM PST by Lady Jag (Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught)
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To: Beowulf9

I like the idea of leaving money to a bunch of cats...they’re nicer than most of the people I have met...


24 posted on 12/11/2011 10:41:49 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
What is it with Sundays and "Service Temporarily Unavailable "??? Has Jim Rob taken to partying late on Saturday nights now?

Nah, he just uses his bandwith to watch NFL games in HiDef.
25 posted on 12/11/2011 10:43:47 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: TheOldLady

He CAN haz cheezburger!


26 posted on 12/11/2011 11:01:18 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

What is wrong with stupid old biddies who leave millions to their pets whilst there are plenty of human charities that could do with the money?


I think it was Mark twain who first talked about leaving an inheritence to a home for unwed pussy cats. Not an all bad idea. causes less mischief than leaving it to humans?

by the way, if you read the article she did leave it to someone of her choice with the task of taking care of the cat. I am sure that person will spend it wisely.


27 posted on 12/11/2011 11:03:51 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( getting closer to the truth.................)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I seriously do not think that any cat could possibly be as spoiled as my Rocket. His wish is my command, and he knows how to "talk" to me.  
28 posted on 12/11/2011 11:06:47 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Lady Jag

And a new ‘do.


29 posted on 12/11/2011 11:17:15 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Maybe humans weren’t all that nice to her in her lifetime. There is nothing wrong with leaving money to animal charities, or to someone who showed her kindness in her declining years.


30 posted on 12/11/2011 11:41:00 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s hard for cats of great wealth to get along with other cats.

One rich cat I knew was recently asked by another feline how she was feeling after a certain medical procedure.

“Oh, I am quite well now, thank you, ” the rich cat replied, stiffly. “I had a hysterectomy. ”

“For heaven’s sake! ” the alley cat exclaimed in exasperation - ”Why can’t you call a spayed a spayed. ”

Leona Helmsley’s dog, Trouble, incidentally, died in June.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/helmsleys-millionaire-maltese-trouble-dies-at-12/


31 posted on 12/12/2011 4:15:26 AM PST by golux
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To: PeterPrinciple

I gave a gorgeous 1902 Edouard Jules grand piano to the Spay Today organization of Winchester, VA (and “cat farm”) with the task of taking care of my cat Nelson in perpetuity or seeing that he found a good home.

Wish I had shot the cat and kept the piano.


32 posted on 12/12/2011 4:31:06 AM PST by golux
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To: golux
Charles Town, WV rather.
33 posted on 12/12/2011 4:35:01 AM PST by golux
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To: golux

Get thee to a punnery!


34 posted on 12/12/2011 9:47:06 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Looks like he/she has already matriculated from same ...


35 posted on 12/12/2011 9:50:24 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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