J. Paul Getty: The Real Story Behind The Man With All The Money In The World

What does one possibly do with all the money in the world? If you ask oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, the answer would be to keep it tight under your control. A self-made billionaire by the 1950s, Getty was named the richest living American by Forbes. But for all the money he had, he was notoriously close-fisted — especially when it came to his own kin — and was never without scandal in his personal life. Perhaps it had something to do with how his father treated him in his early adult years…

J. Paul Getty Was Always Used To Having Money


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Jean Paul Getty was born in Minnesota in 1892 to Sarah Risher Getty and George Franklin Getty, a former attorney who founded the Oklahoma-based Minnehoma Oil Company in 1903 and soon became a wealthy oilman in his own right. The Gettys relocated to Los Angeles, where J. Paul Getty graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1909. He subsequently attended the University of Southern California and University of California at Berkeley before transferring to Oxford University in England. Getty graduated from Oxford with a degree in political science and economics in 1914.