A billionaire who has not received the visit of her six children during the last five years of her life has decided to bequeath all of her fortune estimated at $ 1.6 billion to her dog, a 3-year-old Jack Russell named Rufus.
According to worldnewsdailyreport, Barbara Smith, who inherited more than $ 1.4 billion from her late husband in 2009, died of breast cancer in October.
Her six children had been waiting for weeks to hear from her notary about her will and possible legacies and finally decided to contact her.
They learned that their mother had left all her belongings to her dog, including 7 homes, more than 40 cars and a 120-foot-long yacht.
Mrs. Smith specifically stated in her will that everything should be “burned to the ground” if her selfish and useless children tried to challenge her decision. “
Robert Smith, the eldest of the six children, says their mother was clearly irrational when she prepared her will and is currently studying their legal options.
“Leaving so much money to a dog is just ridiculous, and I really doubt that the executor can order that everything be burned. “
He says that his mother was mean, malicious and simply unbearable, and that his will is just another proof of his cruelty.
“We stopped visiting her because the old witch was just diabolical. She loved to make people unhappy when she was alive and she decided to continue after her death, “he added.
This is not the first time a pet has inherited a large sum of money, but it is by far the biggest inheritance ever bequeathed to an animal in the United States.
The old record was held by a Florida woman who had left more than $ 61 million for her goldfish named Max in 2014.
Another famous case of pet inheritance is that of Michael Jackson’s Bubbles chimpanzee who inherited more than $ 2 million after the death of his master.
However, none of the two animals are nearly as rich as Jack Russell of Mrs. Smith, who now owns more than $ 1.4 billion in stock options and over $ 180 million in real estate.