The stingiest billionaire: Paul Getty complained about bills from doctors when his son was dying of cancer
Oil magnate Jean Paul Getty was declared the richest man on earth in 1957 and retained this title until his death. Getty was known for his manic stinginess. The story of how he refused to pay a ransom for his kidnapped grandson formed the plot of the film "All the Money in the World", which was released in the Russian box office on February 22, 2018. But in reality, Getty's obsession with money was even scarier.
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By 1966, Getty's fortune was estimated at $1.2 billion, which today is equivalent to almost $ 9 billion. He earned all this money thanks to the Getty Oil company. But his avarice was simply boundless and extended even to the closest people. Getty's greed played a tragic role in the life of his seriously ill son Timothy. He was the son of Paul Getty's fifth and last wife, Teddy Getty Gaston (Louise Dudley). In her memoirs, the ex-wife of an oil magnate spoke about his wealth and pathological greed.
Getty complained that he had to pay his son's hospital bills when he went blind due to a brain tumor. While Timmy was fighting for his life, his father did not see him for four years. When Timothy died at the age of 12, Getty didn't even come to his funeral. Nevertheless, Timmy adored his father.
Teddy never forgave Paul for not visiting his son during his illness, and called it the reason for the divorce in 1958. In the letters that Teddy sent to her husband in those years, she begged him to come and support her son, but he never did. In 1954 Teddy wrote Getty:
At the time, Paul Getty was in England negotiating a deal with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that would make him the first American billionaire. And Getty not only refused to come home, but also gave his little son false hope. He regularly promised to visit Timmy in the hospital, but did not do it. And on the phone, he complained to his wife about bills from doctors.
Paul was supposed to visit his son in 1952. But the oil magnate did not step on board the Queen Mary liner, which he did not even inform his family about. Later that year he wrote Teddy a letter:
In addition, he told his wife that she herself had to pay the bill for the pony that Timmy had bought.
Later, Teddy married her friend William Gaston, and they had a daughter, Louise, who works as a director in Los Angeles. Teddy died on April 8, 2017 at the age of 103.
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