The beloved feline has grown accustomed to a certain lifestyle
On Tuesday, the world learned that inimitable German designer and artistic director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, had passed away age 85. Tributes poured in across social media from his collaborators and friends, but thoughts quickly turned to perhaps his closest companion: his pet cat, Choupette.
The concern was probably misguided, as it looks like Choupette will hold onto her enviable lifestyle. Lagerfeld last year discussed in an interview with Numéro that she will get her paws on a cut of his estimated fortune (estimated wildly between £150 million and £350 million). “I read somewhere that you’ve named Choupette as the heir to your vast fortune…” questioned Philip Utz. “Among others, yes,” replied Karl. “Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone.”
Choupette was adopted by the designer in 2010 and has competed with fashion ever since for the top spot in Lagerfeld’s heart. He explained his love in a former interview with Numéro, saying “She is peaceful, funny, fun and gracious, she’s pretty to look at and has good poise, but her main quality is that she doesn’t talk. It was love at first sight.”
Lagerfeld previously told The Cut that Choupette herself earned more than $4.7 million in 2014. Choupette is a fashion icon in her own right; having amassed a following of over 100k across her unofficial social media accounts and eponymous blog, Choupette’s Diary, helmed by Ashley Tschudin. With custom-made luggage and meals served from silverware, she lived the high life under Lagerfeld’s (and a host of maids’) care. Read back on our guide to living life according to the ways and whims of Choupette here.
Others who could potentially inherit his fortune include Lagerfeld's godson, 11-year-old Hudson Kroenig, and his security guard, assistant, and collaborator Sebastien Jondeau.
Chanel has also announced the iconic fashion house will hold a farewell ceremony in honour of Lagerfeld’s legacy, but the date is yet to be confirmed. His final show for the French fashion house will take place on March 5 in Paris.