J. Paul Getty

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J. Paul Getty, 1944

Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892June 6, 1976) was an American industrialist and founder of the Getty Oil Company.


  • If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.
    • As quoted by Robert Lenzner in his book, The Great Getty (1985)
  • My father said, 'You must never try to make all the money that's in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won't have many deals'.
    • J. Paul Getty cited in: Alison Branagan (2009) Making Sense of Business: A No-Nonsense Guide to Business Skills. p. 136


  • The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
  • If you owe the bank $100, that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.
    • As quoted in The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing (2003) by Pat Dorsey & ‎Joe Mansueto, p. 234

External links[edit]

Encyclopedic article on J. Paul Getty on Wikipedia