With social media becoming the #1 entertainment outlet for people of all ages, it’s seems that just about everyone and everything can become an internet icon overnight! By far the most viral content out there seems to be unique and loveable animals. Some of these animals have as much star-power as today’s biggest movie stars, and the bankroll to match. Let’s take a look at 10 animals who make their owners SERIOUS bank!
Doug the Pug – Estimated Earnings : $8K per post
Doug the Pug (@itsdougthepug) is a 4 year old Pug living with his owner Leslie Molser in Nashville, TN. When he isn’t sunbathing or dressing up as his favorite characters, he is taking pictures for his 2.5 million instagram followers.
Jiff the Pomeranian – Estimated Earnings : $17,500 per post
Jiff (@jiffpom) has had a meteoric rise as the fluffiest creature to ever grace your instagram feed. Sitting at a pretty 4.4 million Instagram followers, Jiff the Pomeranian has appeared in everything from TV shows to commercials to movies to international print ads.
Grumpy Cat – Net Worth : $100 Million
Quite possibly the most recognizable feline of this decade, Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat) (real name Tartar Sauce) internet meme to the face of an international brand. Having his own movie, video game, clothing line, and comic strip, Grumpy Cat has become a pop culture icon.
Bart the Bear – Net Worth: $6 Million
Having starred in movies along side Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, John Candy, Brad Pitt, and Alec Baldwin, to name a few, Bart the Bear was an Alaskian Kodiak bear known for his professionalism and “grizzly” behavior on and off-screen. He unfortunately passed away in 2000, but his legacy will live on in such movies as The Edge (1997), 12 Monkeys (1995), and Walking Thunder (1997).
Lil’ Bub – Earns $30K a year
Born the runt of her litter, Lil’ Bub gained internet fame via YouTube with her owner Mike Bridavsky. With a one-of-a-kind look, Lil’ Bub is full of personality. So much that she now has released her own electro album, starred in her own talk show, and sparked an internet cult of followers.
Keyboard Cat – Earned $21,100 to $175,800 Annually
Keyboard Cat (real name “Fatso”) gained posthumous fame when his owner Charlie Schmidt posted a video of him “playing” the keyboards to Youtube in 2007. Since then, Keyboard Cat has been a staple of internet culture, showing up in the MTV VMA’s, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and countless Youtube videos.
American Pharoah – Net Worth $4.53 Million
American Pharoah (@american.pharoah) is a thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015. When not being one of the most successful race horses to date, American Pharoah’s owner is taking majestic pictures and posting them to instagram. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing.
Moose – Net Worth: $3.2 Million
Moose, best known as Eddie from the hit TV show Frasier, was one of the most successful show-animals of his time. During the height of Frasier’s popularity, Moose received more fan mail than any of his human counterparts!
Crystal the Monkey – Earned $15K an episode
Called “Hollywood’s Hottest Monkey” by USA Today, Crystal is a 22 year old Capuchin Monkey. First appearing in George of the Jungle (1997), Crystal has been in movies and TV shows such as Animal Practice, Community, Hangover Part 2, and Night at the Museum.
Juniper the Fox – Estimated Earnings : $5K per post
Juniper (@juniperfoxx) is a domesticated red fox with 1.3 million instagram followers and a spirit to melt your heart. When she isn’t destroying her favorite toys or promoting her unique clothing line (for humans, of course), she is raking in the big bucks with sponsored posts with an average of $5000 per post.