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Jean Paul Getty: Rich and Incredibly Lonely

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Jean Paul GettyIn the fifties of the 20th century dollar a billionaire named Jean Paul Getty was rated as the richest man on the planet, and he was proudly bearing this title until his last days. The words to characterize him are selfish, hard, thirsty for pleasures to enjoy only and he believed that in his body there lives the spirit of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. With such a thought he might have some adherence to the mightiest of the world. Yet, the great Roman image inspired Getty with the art craze. In the adulthood, the billionaire founded a museum and named it after himself, the only loved one.

Jean Paul Getty’s ability to earn money was fascinating. Whether it is his individual peculiarity he develops on his own, or heritage from the successful father, who unexpectedly turned out to be the owner of the oil field to earn his first million dollars, it is unknown. However, Getty was skilled in counting money and increase the number of paper fortune with a peremptory tendency of the trade machine. Despite the fact that the childhood of the future financial genius was spent in the well-being, he was at an early age imparted by his parents’ traditional Protestant virtues - diligence and self-restraint. Apparently, the boy did not like the rules of the game, and not having time to grow up, he began to invent his own principles to live. Jean Paul was not even fifteen when he started a wild life. He wanted to break the record of the emperor Hadrian, who had four hundred mistresses according to the legends.

The Parents who sent Jean-Paul to Oxford University did not expect that he would pay at least a spit of his at study, but in spite of their anticipations he turned out to succeed in study to become progressive student. Upon graduation from the prestigious school a young man went to work with his father when he borrowed some money from him to purchase a separate oil well for his business. In the short time he could only to repay the debt, but also proudly to have his own million. After his father's death in 1916 he put high hopes to inherit hid fortune though all the assets went to his wife, and Jean Paul had to built and develop his own business, relying only on himself.

Aspiring to prove his commercial skills, Getty make a fuss of the most adventurous transactions, often accompanied with incredible success. He purchased shares of the Pacific Zes Turn and developed ambitious plans towards his competitor - the Tidewater Associated Oil Company. The mother, shocked by the force of her son’s business insight, in the end, gave him the reins of the family business, the Getty Oil Brand.. Subsequently, Getty still could achieve a merger of his father's legacy with the corporation Tidewater Associated Oil. And here, perhaps, he commercially won when the oil producing giant made him richer for half a million dollars annually. Since then, Jean-Paul did not deny to play occasionally in the game of merging and acquiring little companies to his empire totaling in over two hundred corporations.

As for his personal life, Getty was not happy. He was surrounded by women and even collected them as antique things. His special proud was his affair with an aristocrat Marie Tessier, claiming of her kinship with the Romanov house. Getty married five times, but none of the marriages was successful. His wives escaped from a billionaire to complain on him being greed, brutal and heartless.

He believed that deserves all the best, and surrounded himself with luxury things. During post-World War II he bought a mansion in the British city of Surrey, built around with massive walls, what could boast except that the medieval fortress, and hired an army of security service for personal protection. Pretending to be like Emperor Hadrian, Jean Paul Getty acquired live lions and allowed them to roam freely along luxury apartments. At the same time, he had feelings of incredible covetousness. Thus, in his residences he installed paid phones for guests and servants.

In 1973 the intruders stole his grandson and demanded a redeem of three million dollars from the rich grandfather. Getty flatly refused to pay saying, «If I give the money, my grandchildren will be kidnapped one after another». Five months later, the criminals sent to him a boy's ear cut off with a video featuring that heartbreaking process. Only after that Getty decided to make indulgence. But the police found the boy before his grandfather let his millions go away from him.

Jean Paul Getty died at the age of eighty-three years in 1976 from prostate cancer as diagnosed by doctors. Reporting that event, the BBS host added, «He was the richest, the most selfish and most lonely man in the world».

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