After the premiere of the fascinating Netflix documentary Gunther's Millions, who is Gunther IV's owner?
So, we are in the realm of a "stranger than truth" documentary, a genre that, as far as I can tell, is still growing in popularity on streaming platforms, likely due to an increase in interest in true crime docu-dramas.
Every month, we get a new series, and the focus is shifting from crime to really anything unusual off-the-wall true story that can sustain a few cleverly edited episodes with viral meme probability. As these series are relatively inexpensive to produce, you might as well throw everything against the fourth wall and see what sticks.
So, here we are with Gunther's Millions, a show based on the world's richest dog and the people who have the responsibility to keep him. So please do not allow this series to pass without a response so please buckle up as we investigate who owns Gunther IV.
Gunther IV: Who is it?
Gunther VI is the grandson and grand-pup of Gunther III, who was owned by wealthy Countess Karlotta Liebenstein in 1992. She left her vast fortune to her dog Gunther III.
Gunther VI would receive the whole lot from his next of kin, Gunther VI. Now the dogs have a caretaker, the eccentric entrepreneur and businessman Maurizio Mian, who would be named the dog's caretaker, but originally Countess Karlotta was Gunther's owner.
The Countess Karlotta Liebenstein was regarded as being exceptionally wealthy. In fact, her fortune appeared to be around $400 million, and it may have been more. The Countess left the money to her canine companion under the stewardship of Mian.
Although technically true, it does appear that when the situation is examined more closely, there appears to be a much darker and more complex legal situation at play. The story of the inheritance may serve as a bizarre smokescreen to hide financial skulduggery hidden behind the scenes.
The money allegedly went to the Countess by the mother of a dog carer, who was helpful with the Countess and looking for a way to savor the company's huge pharmaceutical business income. The thought of it all going to the dog was both inspiring and bizarre, but most importantly, it was legal.
No one is wiser than the lawyer in the Bahamas that took the matter on board, who manages the trust.
Although fashion designer Alexander McQueen would leave each of his well-loved dogs $82,000, as well as donating to various animal trusts, Gunther IV continues to hold the top spot.
The money is real, and through various investments, such as buying Madonna's old crib in Los Angeles, establishing a bizarre foundation, and then selling it for a profit, he would make even more money. It may be up to the viewer at this point to extrapolate what they believe is happening, but the money is very real.
- The True Story Behind Netflix’s Gunther’s Millions