Anyone can hit it big in today’s world – and we’re not just talking about humans. Dozens of animals bring home a paycheck that puts 99 percent of us to shame, including these rich animals:
Keiko the Killer Whale
The star of the Free Willy movies, Keiko’s screen work netted him $36 million. The charismatic orca left the green screen for the blue seas in 2002, but unfortunately passed away from pneumonia a year later. His legacy lives on.
Boo the Pomeranian
Known across the web as the world’s cutest dog, Boo’s adorable antics earn him $1 million per year. The ball of fluff has over 17 million followers on Facebook, three book deals, and is the spokesdog for Virgin America Airlines.
Bodhi the Shiba Inu
Next to the world’s cutest dog is the world’s most stylish one. Better known as the Menswear Dog, this sophisticated Shiba models the latest men’s fashions and fetches five figures a month doing so. Bodhi’s debonair mug has landed on the pages of Time, Esquire, American Apparel, GQ, and more.
Pudsey the Dog
Pudsey made canine history when he won Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. He did so well that Simon Cowell stepped up to produce Pudsey: The Movie, which hit UK theaters in July 2014. Pudsey and his owner Ashleigh have also had a turn in panto, starring in Dick Whittington in Woking, Manchester and Bristol. The shaggy dog has earned over $1.5 million to date.
American Pharaoh the Racehorse
This enigmatic Thoroughbred was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. He dominated the Kentucky Derby and has galloped his way to a career worth $4.5 million, making him one rich animal. With corporate sponsors knocking at his pen, American Pharaoh will likely see that figure skyrocket.
Chris P. Bacon the Pig
Born unable to move his hind legs, this little oinker owes his fame to his owner, who built him a new set of wheels (literally). Chris’ journey to mobility has reached over 3 million views on YouTube. He also has two books, a TV series, a line of T-shirts, and an animated film to his name.
Born with an underbite and feline dwarfism, Grumpy Cat turned her misfortune into fortune – well over $100 million. One scowl is all it took to propel the cat and her owner Tabatha into stardom. Even after all the book deals, movie roles, cat food endorsements, and product licenses, Grumpy Cat still looks displeased. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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