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Old 12-22-2007, 05:28 AM
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Sir John Paul Getty KBE (September 7, 1932 April 17, 2003) was a wealthy American-born British philanthropist and book-collector. He was the son of Jean Paul Getty, Sr. (1892-1976), one of the richest men in the world at the time, and his wife Anne Rork.

The family's wealth was the result of the oil business founded by George Franklin Getty. At birth he was given the name Eugene Paul Getty, but in later life he adopted, and was better known by, the names Paul Getty, John Paul Getty and Jean Paul Getty, Jr.

His father expected him to prove himself: his first job was pumping gas for $100 a month. He attended Saint Ignatius High School and the University of San Francisco, but he did not graduate from college. He was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in Korea.

His first marriage was to Gail Harris, a former water-polo champion. They divorced in 1966 or 1967, having had four children including John Paul Getty III and Mark Getty. He subsequently married the Dutch actress, model and style icon Talitha Pol (stepdaughter of Augustus John's daughter Poppet). She died of a heroin overdose in 1971; by her, he had another son Tara Gabriel Getty in 1968.[2] A long-time Anglophile [2], he became a British citizen in 1997. In 1986, he was awarded an honorary knighthood for services to causes ranging from cricket (a sport he came to love despite his American upbringing), to art, to the Conservative Party. His honorary knighthood was converted to the full honour in 1998.
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