John Paul Getty III

John Paul Getty III
John Paul Getty III (2003).jpg
Getty in 2003
Eugene Paul Getty II

(1956-11-04)November 4, 1956
DiedFebruary 5, 2011(2011-02-05) (aged 54)
Known forGrandson of J. Paul Getty, victim of kidnapping
(m. 1974; div. 1993)
ChildrenBalthazar Getty
Parent(s)Sir John Paul Getty
Abigail Harris

John Paul Getty III (/ˈɡɛti/; born Eugene Paul Getty II; November 4, 1956 – February 5, 2011)[1] was the grandson of American oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, who was once the richest man in the world. While living in Rome in 1973, he was kidnapped by the 'Ndrangheta and held for a $17 million ransom. His grandfather was reluctant to pay, but, after his severed ear was received by a newspaper, he negotiated a payment of $2.2 million, and Getty was released five months after being kidnapped. Getty developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol soon after, eventually leading to an overdose and stroke which left him severely disabled for the rest of his life.

  1. ^ Eszterhas, Joe (March 21, 2018). "J. Paul Getty III: Exclusive 1974 Interview with Kidnapped Oil Heir". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 1, 2021.

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