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Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty Hardcover – Nov 1995


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Money is Where You Find It 16 May 2006
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The story of the wealthy Getty family is told in "Painfully Rich." If you're thinking of reading this book to learn how to get rich like tycoon J. Paul Getty, forget it. The family fortune was largely due to luck.

J. Paul Getty was the patriarch of a dysfunctional family because of his bizarre attitudes toward marriage. He repeatedly married nymphets and then he deserted them when they became pregnant.

J. Paul negotiated for Middle Eastern drilling rights on property that he had never visited. He ended up fabulously wealthy, but could have just as easily drawn a blank. His father had already gotten rich from Oklahoma oil, and J. Paul himself was already a millionaire due to the Oklahoma operation before he ventured into the Middle East.

The book omits the explanation of why the sale of Getty Oil to Texaco resulted in a $10 billion judgment for Penzoil.
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