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J. Paul Getty: The Dysfunctional Billionaire (Titans of Fortune) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Alef
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Biographical profile of J. Paul Getty, one of America’s first billionaires. J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the world in the mid twentieth century, was a consummate businessman who built an oil empire and left a vast antiquities and art collection as his legacy. But he also was a womanizer, a miser, stingy with his closest friends and a completely dysfunctional parent. He made his first million by the age of 24 and immediately retired to engage in a life of debauchery and licentiousness. However, when his father died, Getty was back in the game after gaining control of his father's company, George Getty Oil. Getty went on to dominate the oil industry, building a veritable empire that stretched across the globe into the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. An inveterate risk taker, Getty was willing to compete with the Seven Sisters, the seven largest oil companies in the world, and win. In 1954 he established the Getty Museum in Pacific Palisades, CA, which now has a second home, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Remarkably, from the date it was opened until his death in 1976, Getty never set foot in his museum, ostensibly because he was afraid to fly. Award-winning author Daniel Alef tells the story of the oil billionaire who was not present at the operating table when his youngest son died at age 12, but flew in the world's best surgeons when his favorite dog needed medical care for a tumor--a tale of great success in business and utter failure as a human being. [1,512-word Titans of Fortune article]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great read but very very very short read! 12 May 2013
By El
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Great read but very disapointed that it was only 14 pages long! As I hadn't read all the details had missed that it only contains 1,500 words!! Should b made much clearer right at the front of the book! WOULD OF GIVEN 5 STARS but do not want anyone else to be misled!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good article 20 Dec. 2010
By Smith
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I must confess that I didn't realise this when I bought it, that this is a 1,500 hundred word article on Getty and not a book. It's well written but you do come away wanting to know more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars cost too much 15 Feb. 2013
By stephen calder - Published on
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could have looked up internet and read as much cost would have been nothing cant tell you much not much in this
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1.0 out of 5 stars useless 27 May 2011
By Doug - Published on
i feel duped by all parties on this one. no more purchases or reading for that matter from daniel alef for me.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 10 Jan. 2015
By Robert Davis - Published on
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This is simplistic pamphlet, not a book. Amazon should be ashamed of itself for offering it.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 5 April 2015
By Idiot from Az - Published on
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It is a really really short read, I'd save my money next time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very brief bio of JP Getty 2 Jun. 2010
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very brief bio of JP Getty...hard to gain any insight into the man from reading this tome.
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