The true story of the Getty family as featured in the TV series Trust and the movie All the Money in the World
Boardroom battles, sex, money, drugs, power, crime, tragedy, and family intrigue; at the centre stands the figure of John Paul Getty, the grandfather, an eccentric oil billionaire believed to have been the richest man in the world. Married and divorced five times, he had five sons, and yet was cheated of his dearest ambition-to found an oil dynasty. His angelic youngest son died at age twelve after years of illness. Of the remaining four sons, three proved to be hopeless businessmen and, one by one, dropped out of Getty Oil. Only one had the talent to take the helm of the family business, and he was groomed for the part. And then he killed himself.
With his cherished hopes of a family dynasty crushed, John Paul built a magnificent museum as a monument for all time to his success. But money tainted even his philanthropy; the Getty Museum has become feared for its wealth and ability to pillage the art market. In the manoeuvering that followed John Paul's death, Getty Oil was sold; Texaco acquired it for $9.9 billion, the biggest corporate takeover in history.
Award-winning journalist and writer Russell Miller brings us the extraordinary and often disturbing story of a unique American family. From the pioneering days in the Oklahoma oil fields to the bitter struggles over Getty Oil, we follow the rise and fall of three generations, all cursed with the Midas touch.
|Product dimensions:||5.79(w) x 7.88(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was J. Paul Getty III who once proclaimed: "Pity the rich. In terms of living, they are beggars." These words from the grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty ring true in this engrossing biography. Granted, it's a bit heavy on Getty's bedroom escapades, and perhaps a bit too light on his boardroom pursuits. Still, journalist Miller effectively chronicles the toll that wealth can take on a family. One especially strong section involves the 1973 kidnapping of Getty's 16-year-old grandson. Miller skillfully takes us behind the crime scheme where the boy waited in terror as his family bargained with the kidnappers.
I'm no richer by reading this book, but not devoriced either. How great it would have been to spend some time with him.