One feline is probably hoping the Eurozone crisis is resolved sooner than later. The Guardian reports, "Tommaso, a four-year-old, one-time stray from Rome, is thought to have become the world's richest cat. Since the death of his 94-year-old mistress last month, he has become a property magnate — or perhaps mognate — with flats and houses worth an estimated €10m scattered from Milan in the north to Calabria in the south." Which works out to over $13.385 million!
Cats—and other animals—are unable to inherit directly in Italy, but they can be named as a beneficiary if there is a trustee. Lawyers for Maria Assunta, who did not have children, unsuccessfully tried to find organizations to help care for the cat and his holdings.
In the meantime, the old lady met a fellow cat-lover - named only as Stefania - in a park. "Sometimes I'd go to her house so my cat could play with Tommaso," Stefania said.
As the old lady became increasingly frail, Stefania, a nurse, began to take care of her.
"She needed someone to help her move around, shower and eat. I looked after until the end," she said.
Assunta decided to give Stefania her precious cat; Stefania said, "I had no idea the signora had such wealth."