Born December 15, 1892, Jean Paul Getty, founder of the Getty Oil Company, was an American industrialist. He was named the richest living American by Fortune magazine in 1957. The 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world’s richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1,200 million. At his death, he was worth more than $2 billion. A book published in 1996 ranked him as the 67th richest American who ever lived, based on his wealth as a percentage of the gross national product.Despite his wealth, he was known for being a miser.
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