J. Paul Getty

1892 - 1976

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Jean Paul Getty Sr. (; December 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976) was an American-born British petroleum industrialist who founded the Getty Oil Company in 1942 and was the patriarch of the Getty family. A native of Minneapolis, he was the son of pioneer oilman George Getty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. Paul Getty has received more than 14,494,721 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). J. Paul Getty is the 44th most popular businessperson (down from 39th in 2019), the 436th most popular biography from United States (down from 404th in 2019) and the 17th most popular American Businessperson.

J. Paul Getty was an American industrialist and philanthropist. He was the founder of the Getty Oil Company, and his fortune was initially derived from the development of the East Texas oil fields. With his wealth, he became one of the world's wealthiest individuals. He established the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, to house his art collection and other artifacts.

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Among businesspeople, J. Paul Getty ranks 44 out of 847Before him are Mohamed Al-Fayed, Andrew Carnegie, Soichiro Honda, Joan Gamper, Hugh Hefner, and Ettore Bugatti. After him are Bernie Madoff, Rupert Murdoch, Boris Berezovsky, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Robert Kiyosaki, and Dietrich Mateschitz.

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Among people born in 1892, J. Paul Getty ranks 22Before him are Sepp Dietrich, Engelbert Dollfuss, Edward Victor Appleton, Ferdinand Schörner, Martin Niemöller, and Arthur Honegger. After him are Mátyás Rákosi, Stefan Banach, Gregor Strasser, George Paget Thomson, Ernst Lubitsch, and William P. Murphy. Among people deceased in 1976, J. Paul Getty ranks 17Before him are Jean Gabin, Bernard Montgomery, André Malraux, Henrik Dam, Ulrike Meinhof, and Man Ray. After him are Joachim Peiper, Jacques Monod, Eyvind Johnson, Benjamin Britten, Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, and Leopold Ružička.

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Among people born in United States, J. Paul Getty ranks 436 out of 20,380Before him are Stephen Hillenburg (1961), Millard Fillmore (1800), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Susan Sontag (1933), Howard Gardner (1943), and The Notorious B.I.G. (1972). After him are Richard Widmark (1914), Jim Mattis (1950), Albert Fish (1870), Michael Porter (1947), Wilt Chamberlain (1936), and Jack Kerouac (1922).

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Among businesspeople born in United States, J. Paul Getty ranks 17Before him are Steve Ballmer (1956), Colonel Sanders (1890), P. T. Barnum (1810), J. P. Morgan (1837), Philip Kotler (1931), and Hugh Hefner (1926). After him are Bernie Madoff (1938), Robert Kiyosaki (1947), Ray Kroc (1902), Martin Cooper (1928), Ronald Wayne (1934), and Robert Kardashian (1944).