J. Paul Getty
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"Jean Paul Getty" was an American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune (magazine)/Fortune magazine named him the Wealthiest Americans (1957)/richest living American, while the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world's richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion (approximately $ billion in -1}}). At his death, he was worth more than $2 billion (approximately $ billion in -1}}). A book published in 1996 ranked him as the 67th richest American who ever lived, based on his wealth as a percentage of the Measures of national income and output/gross national product. Preceding him in death by two months, Howard Hughes' estate was listed at $2.5 billion. But while Hughes had engaged in a great deal of philanthropy, despite his wealth, Getty was known for being a miser.

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