Grumpy Cat, The Richest Feline In The World Dies

While our president continues to falter on Forbes annual ranking of the 400 Richest in the World list, there was one cool cat who continued to maintain her No. 2 spot on the millionaire list for animals. Her original name was Tardar Sauce, but the world knows her as Grumpy Cat. Unfortunately she just passed away May 14, at the age of 7.

Top #3 Ranking of Richest Animals

No. 1 on the Richest Animal list went to Gunther IV, a German Shepherd canine. The top three included Olivia Benson, a Scottish Fold cat, who is owned by pop singer, Taylor Swift, and fell slightly below Grumpy Cat in earned revenue.

Richest Animal Ranking

While Grumpy and Olivia Benson garnered most of their sizable incomes off the Internet, German Shepher Gunther IV inherited his vast fortune from his father Gunther III, who in turn inherited it from German countess Karlotta Leibenstein. He has his own personal maid and butler, eats steak and caviar and owns multiple million-dollar homes. Not a bad life for a shepherd.

Grumpy's Wealth

When a photo of Grumpy's scowl went viral in 2012, tens of thousands of memes and parodies of her followed. She has since made multiple media appearances, grew her own merchandise empire and even had a film made about her life in 2014, titled Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, in which her voice-over was played by actress Aubrey Plaza.

MarketWatch's Nicole Lyn Pesce commented on her sour-puss never turning into a smile, even after she "clawed the second-place slot with a cool $99.5 million through her media appearances."

The frown-faced calico cat, who suffered from feline dwarfism made dozens of commercials. which included sponsorships with Friskies cat food and Cheerios.

Grumpy Sues

Grumpy Cat won over US$700,000 in a copyright lawsuit. Her firm officially known as Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of the U.S. coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat’s image.

In 2013 Grenade Beverage, owned by father and son Nick and Paul Sandford, orginally struck a $150,000 deal to market iced coffee beverages with the cat's image on its packaging.

But in 2015 GCL sued them for breaching that contract.

Apparently, the court found that Grenade had exceeded the deal by selling roasted coffee and Grumppucino T-shirts, which the owners said "blatantly infringed" and exceeded their copyrights and trademarks.

Owners shared the sad news . . .

Her owners shared the news of the famed cat’s passing with a Twitter post captioned, “Some days are grumpier than others.”

“Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome,” the post said.

Grumpy Cat died “peacefully” in the arms of her “mommy,” Tabatha Bundesen, the owners wrote.

Tabitha Bundesen

“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world–even when times were tough,” they added. “Her spirit will continue to live on through fans everywhere.”

RIP Grumpy. You will be missed.

Primary Source: MarketWatch