Getty family

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The Getty family of the United States made its fortune in oil in the 20th century. As a family involved in the oil business, members of the Getty family identify with George Franklin Getty and his son Jean Paul Getty as their patriarchs. The Getty family is of Scots-Irish ancestry of the Methodist faith from the patrilineal lineage, their ancestors having migrated to North America from Cullavmor, in what is now County Londonderry.[1] Several members of the Getty family have lived in England, including Sir Paul Getty who took British citizenship. The Getty family is distantly related to Samuel Gettys, founder of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

George Getty (1855–1930) was a lawyer who became an independent oilman in 1904. He was married with one son, a daughter having died in infancy in a typhoid epidemic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He lent his son Jean Paul money to invest in oil wells and in 1916 George and Jean Paul incorporated the Getty Oil Company, later to become Getty Oil.

Family members[edit]

The family members include:[2]

  • George Getty (1855–1930), American lawyer, married Sarah Catherine McPherson Risher (1852-1941), 1 son
  • J. Paul Getty (1892–1976), wealthy American industrialist and founder of Getty Oil, 5 marriages and 5 sons
1. George Getty II (1924–1973), by first wife Jeanette Demont, married Gloria Gordon (1951, div. 1967), married Jacqueline Riordan (1971)
  • Anne Catherine Getty Earhart (born 1952), married John Earhart
  • Sara Earhart
  • Claire Eugenia Getty Perry (born 1954), married N. Mazzota (div.), married N. Perry
  • Beau Maurizio George Getty-Mazzota (born 1979)
  • Byron Perry
  • Somerset Perry
  • Sebastian Perry
  • Caroline Marie Getty (born 1957)
2. Jean Ronald Getty (born 1929), by third wife Adolphine Helmle, married Karin Seibl (1964)
  • Christopher Ronald Getty (born 1965), married Pia Miller in 1992
  • Isabel Getty
  • Robert Maximilian Getty
  • Conrad Getty
  • Marietherese Waibel
  • Sigourney Waibel
  • Vanessa Waibel
  • Cecile Karin Margarita Getty (born 1970)
  • Christina Therese Getty (born 1975)
3. Sir Paul Getty (1932–2003), (also known as John Paul Getty II), by fourth wife Ann Rork, married Gail Harris (1956, div. 1964), married Talitha Pol (1966, died 1971), married Victoria Holdsworth (1994)[3]
  • John Paul Getty III (1956–2011), son of Paul Getty and Abigail Harris, married Gisela Martine Zacher (1974)
  • Anna, daughter of Gisela Zacher, adopted daughter of John Paul Getty III[4]
  • Balthazar Getty (born 1975), American actor, son of John Paul Getty III, married Rosetta Millington (2000)
  • Cassius Paul Getty
  • Grace Getty
  • Violet Getty
  • June Catherine Getty
  • Aileen Getty (born 1957), daughter of Paul Getty and Abigail Harris, married Christopher Wilding
  • Caleb Wilding
  • Andrew Wilding
  • Mark Getty (born 1960), founder of Getty Images, son of Paul Getty and Abigail Harris, married Domitilla Harding (1982)
  • Alexander Getty
  • Joseph Getty
  • Julius Getty
  • Ariadne Getty (born 1962), daughter of Paul Getty and Abigail Harris, married Justin Williams
  • Natalia Williams
  • August Williams
  • Tara Gabriel Getty (born 1968), son of Paul Getty and Talitha Pol
4. Gordon Getty (born 1934), by fourth wife Ann Rork, married Ann Gilbert (1964)
  • Gordon Peter Getty, Jr. (born 1965)
  • Andrew Rork Getty (1967-2015[1])
  • John Gilbert Getty (born 1968)
  • Ivy Getty
  • William Paul Getty (born 1970), married Vanessa Jarman
  • Nicolette Getty, by Cynthia Beck
  • Kendalle Getty, by Cynthia Beck
  • Alexandra Getty, by Cynthia Beck
5. Timothy Ware Getty (1946–1958), by fifth wife Louise Dudley Lynch


  1. ^ Glassman (2001), p. 14
  2. ^ Pearson (1995), p. xii-xiii
  3. ^ Pearson (1995), pg. 260
  4. ^ Pearson (1995), pg. 240