Gordon Getty

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Gordon Peter Getty
Born (1933-12-20) December 20, 1933 (age 80)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Businessman, investor, philanthropist, composer
Spouse(s) Ann Gilbert (m. 1964)
Partner(s) Cynthia Beck
Children Gordon Peter Getty, Jr. (b. 1965)
Andrew Rork Getty (b. 1967)
John Gilbert Getty (b. 1968)
William Paul Getty (b. 1970)
Nicolette Getty
Kendalle Getty
Alexandra Getty
Parents J. Paul Getty
Ann Rork

Gordon Peter Getty (born December 20, 1933) is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist and classical music composer, the fourth child of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. His mother, Ann Rork, was his father's fourth wife.[1] When his father died in 1976, Gordon assumed control of Getty's US$2 billion trust. According to the Forbes 400, as of September 2011 his net worth is $2 billion, making him number 212 on the list of the richest Americans.[2]

Biography[edit]

Getty was raised in San Francisco, California, attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory, University of San Francisco and earned a B.A. in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He married Ann Gilbert in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Christmas Day, 1964. He has seven children.[3]

He joined the oil business to please his father; however, he eventually sold the family's Getty Oil to Texaco in 1986 for US$10 billion. In 1983, Forbes magazine ranked him the richest person in America with a net worth a little over $2 billion.[4] His current net worth is cited as US$2 billion, making him the 212th richest person in the United States.

Getty is one of the nation's leading venture capitalists and philanthropists. In 2002, he donated US$3 million to the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, a charitable trust. Though a Republican, he is a major fundraiser for local and national Democratic Party candidates, and has contributed to the campaigns of Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom, and John Kerry.

Among a number of professions, Getty is a classical music composer, whose compositions include the opera Plump Jack, Joan and the Bells, piano pieces and a collection of choral works. Aspiring to become an opera singer, Getty studied in the mid-1970s with Louise Caselotti, a mezzo soprano who had been Maria Callas' voice teacher (1946–47). He and his wife have supported the fine arts, especially underwriting productions of the San Francisco Opera and the Russian National Orchestra.[5][broken citation]

In 2002, Getty founded ReFlow, a company which temporarily purchases shares in mutual funds to save funds taxes and commissions.[3][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byrne, Peter (April 2, 2003). "Bringing Up Baby Gavin". SF Weekly. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Gordon Getty - Forbes". Forbes Magazine. October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  3. ^ a b "#407 Gordon Getty". Forbes. 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  4. ^ http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/articles/pages/6386/Walton-Sam.html
  5. ^ San Francisco Chronicle
  6. ^ Hibbard, Justin (2005-10-10). "How Gordon Getty Got To 'Aha!'". Business Week. 

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