John Paul Getty III
Eugene Paul Getty II
November 4, 1956
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||February 5, 2011 (aged 54)|
Wormsley Park, Buckinghamshire, England
|Known for||Grandson of J. Paul Getty, victim of kidnapping|
(m. 1974; div. 1993)
|Parent(s)||Sir John Paul Getty |
John Paul Getty III (//; born Eugene Paul Getty II; November 4, 1956 – February 5, 2011) 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.