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Getty family, beset by tragedies, again in mourning
Getty family, beset by tragedies, again in mourning

The death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, marks another tragic turn for the family. Here is a Q&A about the Getty family's triumphs and setbacks, assembled from the Los Angeles Times archives.  Who was J. Paul Getty? He was an American oil magnate whose fortune built the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty family is known for his philanthropic efforts, but J. Paul Getty was also the kind of miser who installed a pay phone in his mansion. Getty founded Getty Oil Co. and was often cited as one of the world's richest men. He learned to speak Arabic in order to better negotiate business deals in the Middle East. The Gettys donated their Hancock Park...

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