Despite His Comfortable Upbringing, Getty Still Knew How To Work Hard
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After college, J. Paul Getty returned to the United States, using loans from his father to buy and sell oil leases in Oklahoma. He had previously gained experience in the oil industry working at his father’s Oklahoma-based oil fields during summers in between his studies. Getty invested in wildcat wells, exploration wells that were drilled in areas where there weren’t yet any known oil fields. By 1916, Getty made his first million dollars from a successful well near Haskell, Oklahoma. The site was called the Nancy Taylor No. 1 Oil Well and was the first well that J. Paul Getty drilled.