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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There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.

The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.

If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.

If you can actually count your money you are not really a rich man.

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train - Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?

If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves.

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist.