From his $26 million estate, the onetime enfant terrible left over $164,000 to two animal charities and a large sum for his own dogs.
How much, you ask? About $82,000 for their continual care.
The news isn’t surprising considering McQueen asked for his family and friends to “look after” his three dogs — Minter, Juice and Callum — in one of the final lines of his suicide letter.
Tina Gaudoin, the former editor-in-chief of WSJ magazine, recalled that the late designer once stopped an interview to share a Big Mac with one of his dogs, who ate first. The pooches even walked the runways with McQueen, as this image from the Daily Mail shows, and were featured in a photo shoot in magazine, Arena Homme.
He also left a substantial sum to his five siblings, their children and his household staff. Four charities were named in the will: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity, the London Buddhist Center and the Terrence Higgins Trust. The remainder goes to his Sarabande charity.
But compared with some other pet lovers, McQueen’s sum seems rather reasonable. Heiress Leona Helmsley left her dog Trouble, who recently passed away, $12 million (a sum that was later reduced to just $2 million). Heiress Gail Posner did the same, leaving her multimillion-dollar home and trust to her dogs.
British actress Beryl Reid reportedly left her only companions, a few stray cats, her entire $1.8 million estate. Publisher Miles Blackwell is said to have left his hen, Gigoo, over $16 million. Tina and Kate, two collie crosses, were give more than $738,000 by “reclusive spinster” Nora Harwell, according to the Telegraph.
Then there’s Gunther IV, a German Shepherd who inherited about $70 million from his father, Gunther III. He was owned by Countess Karlotta Liebenstein, according to the Daily Mail.