J. Paul Getty
Jean Paul Getty was an American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil
Getty Oil
Getty Oil is an oil company founded by J. Paul Getty. It was at its height during the 1960s. In 1971, the Getty Realty division was formed to manage the real estate needs of Getty stations. The division was later spun off, but now owns the rights to the Getty brand...

 Company, and in 1957 Fortune
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magazine named him the richest living American
Wealthiest Americans (1957)
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, whilst the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world's richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1,200 million. At his death, he was worth more than $2 billion. A book published in 1996 ranked him as the 67th richest American who ever lived, based on his wealth as a percentage of the gross national product
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.Despite his wealth, Getty was known for being a miser
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Getty was an avid collector of art
Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect....

 and antiquities
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; his collection formed the basis of the J. Paul Getty Museum
J. Paul Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum, a program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, is an art museum. It has two locations, one at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, and one at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California...

 in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
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, and over $661 million of his estate was left to the museum after his death.

My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.Without advertising today I was a millionaire. (says the billionaire)

If you owe the bank $100 dollars, that's your problem; if you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights.

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