Gunther’s Millions: Is It a True Story?

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Netflix is continuing its streak of docuseries shows that bring to life some of the most interesting and bizarre stories on the planet. Some of the most popular documentaries on Netflix include Inventing Anna, The Watcher, and Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. And now, the streaming giant is back with a new docuseries that will surely confuse everyone. Gunther's Millions is an upcoming Netflix docuseries that follows the story of a German Shepherd worth over $400 million.

What Is Gunther’s Millions Story About?

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In this docuseries, Netflix investigates into the story of Gunther IV, who is also known as the world's richest dog. The German Shepherd made headlines in recent years after he sold his mansion for $29 million. This mansion was previously owned by Madonna.

Apart from being worth $400 million, Gunther IV is living the life that rappers can only dream of. He is surrounded by models and all the time and has his own private jet and a yacht. Not to mention, he has multiple properties in Italy. Gunther IV also has a group of humans who are trained to attend to his every need.

Gunther's Millions is a four-part docuseries that explores all these and how Gunther IV's fortune came to be. Netflix writes:

“For the last three decades, the dog’s riches have been built into a vast empire across two continents, including luxurious mansions, a glamorous entourage, and even a pop music group. But as any good pup can tell you, it’s always worth digging a little deeper.”

Where Did Gunther IV Get All His Money?

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According to the trailer, Gunther IV inherited his fortune from his grandfather, Gunther III, who also inherited it from a German Countess named Karlotta Leibenstein. Sources say that Leibenstein did not have any close relatives or children of her own. This is why she included her German Shepherd in her will.

When she died in 1992, Gunther III inherited her $80 million fortune. Throughout the years, Gunter IV was able to expand his estate to over $400 million through smart investments.

But again, having money also exposes the ill intention of those around you. And in Gunther IV's case, the docuseries reveals that the dog was taken advantage of by a pop band that he managed.

Are There Other Pets Richer Than Gunther IV?

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Apart from being the richest dog in the world, Gunther IV holds the title for being the richest pet. According to All About Cats website, the German Shepherd beats Taylor Swift's own cat, Olivia Benson, who is only worth $97 million.

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But Is It All Real?

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And this is what Netflix hopes to unearth in this upcoming docuseries.

DailyMail has exposed that Gunther's fortune is actually a long-running prank that was masterminded by Maurizio Mian, who claims that Gunther is a clone.

The report reveals that Mian says he used to work for a family line of German Shepherds who are all named Gunther. Allegedly, Mian is using this exposure to attract the press so he could promote his real estate deals and ventures.

According to Mian, the dogs are supported by the multi-million trust that was left behind by Liebenstein. But as revealed in the report, there is no evidence pointing to the life of an actual Karlotta Liebenstein in history. In 1995, Mian also told an Italian newspaper that he invented the identity of the countess "to publicize the philosophy of his foundation."

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But while he adimts the countess is a fabrication, the dog's rich life is real.

The show's executive producers Aurelien Leturgie and Emilie Dumay are on a quest to put an end to the hoax and see what's real in this story. Netflix says that Gunther's Millions will offer "never-before-seen archival material" along with an "intimate and sometimes shocking conversations with Mian and the rest of Gunther's longtime associates."

The trailer exposes Gunther IV's human companions who were said to be placed under 24-hour surveillance. They were also "encouraged to have sex" with each other. Plus, there's the issue with tax fraud-- we'll see how true all of these claims are.

Is There a Gunther’s Millions Trailer Online?

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Yes, a trailer for Gunther's Millions has already been released by Netflix. You can watch it here:


Gunther's Millions is coming to Netflix on February 1, 2023.



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