Getty family

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The Getty family of the United States identify with George Franklin Getty and his son Jean Paul Getty as their patriarchs. In the 20th century they were heavily involved in the petroleum industry. The Getty family is of Scots-Irish ancestry from their patrilineal lineage, their ancestors having migrated to North America from Cullavmor, in what is now County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.[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.

On May 8, 2019, a home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles owned by Cynthia Beck (former mistress of Gordon Getty) was raided by police and ATF. A man was taken into custody for the illegal transaction of firearms and it was later shown that the man was affiliated to the Gettys. The man was identified as 57-year-old Girard Saenz who was arrested from a tip off on reports of the unlicensed selling of firearms.[2]

Family members[edit]

The family members include:[3]

  • George Getty (1855–1930), American lawyer, married Sarah Catherine McPherson Risher (1852-1941)
    • J. Paul Getty (1892–1976), wealthy American industrialist and founder of Getty Oil, married 5 times and had 5 sons.
1. George Franklin Getty II (1924–1973), by first wife Jeanette Demont. George first married Gloria Gordon in 1951, and divorced in 1967. George secondly married Jacqueline Riordan in 1971.
  • Anne Catherine Getty (born 1952), married John Earhart.
  • Sara Earhart
  • Claire Eugenia Getty (born 1954), first married N. Mazzota (div.), secondly 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 (1929-2009), by third wife Adolphine Helmle. Married Karin Seibl in 1964.
  • Christopher Ronald Getty (born 1965), married Pia Miller in 1992.
  • Isabel Getty (born 1993)
  • Robert Getty
  • Conrad Getty
  • Maximus Aurelius Getty[4]
  • Stephanie Marie Getty (born 1967)
  • Cecile Karin Margarita Getty (born 1970)
  • Christina Therese Getty (born 1975)
  • Monroe Getty Maercks
  • Maxine Getty Maercks
  • Mason Getty Maercks
3. Sir Paul Getty (1932–2003), (also known as John Paul Getty II), by fourth wife Ann Rork. Married Abigail Harris in 1956 and divorced in 1964, married Talitha Pol in 1966, Pol died 1971, married Victoria Holdsworth in 1994.[5]
  • John Paul Getty III (1956–2011), son with Abigail Harris. Married Gisela Martine Zacher in 1974.
  • Anna Getty, daughter of Gisela Zacher, adopted daughter of John Paul Getty III.[6]
  • Balthazar Getty (born 1975), American actor, son of John Paul Getty III, married Rosetta Millington in 2000.
  • Cassius Paul Getty (born 2000)
  • Grace Getty (born 2001)
  • Violet Getty (born 2003)
  • June Catherine Getty (born 2007)
  • Caleb Wilding
  • Andrew Wilding
  • Alexander Getty, married to Tatum Yount in 2012.
  • Joseph Getty, married Sabine Ghanem in 2015.
  • Gene Honor Getty (born 2017)
  • Julius Getty
  • Ariadne Getty (born 1962), daughter with Abigail Harris. Married Justin Williams.
  • Tara Gabriel Galaxy Gramophone Getty (born 1968), son with Talitha Pol. Married to Jessica.
  • Orlando Willem Pol Getty (born 2001)
  • Caspar Getty
  • Talitha Getty
4. Gordon Peter Getty (born 1934), by fourth wife Ann Rork. Married Ann Gilbert in 1964.
  • Gordon Peter Getty, Jr. (born 1965), married Shannon Bavaro in 2017.
  • Andrew Rork Getty (1967-2015)[7]
  • John Gilbert Getty (born 1968)
    • Ivy Getty (born 1994)
  • William Paul Getty (born 1970), married Vanessa Jarman in 1999.
    • Nicholas Getty (born 2001)
    • Alexander Getty
    • Veronica Getty
  • Nicolette Getty (born 1985), with Cynthia Beck
  • Kendalle Getty (born 1989), with Cynthia Beck
  • Alexandra Getty (born 1991), with Cynthia Beck
5. Timothy Ware Getty (1946–1958), by fifth wife Louise Dudley Lynch.


  1. ^ Glassman (2001), p. 14
  2. ^ Cosgrove, Hannah Fry, Richard Winton, Sonja Sharp, Jaclyn. "Mystery surrounds 1,000 guns seized at Los Angeles mansion connected to Getty family". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  3. ^ Pearson (1995), p. xii-xiii
  4. ^ "Maximus Getty - Births & Baptisms [1] - Genes Reunited". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  5. ^ Pearson (1995), pg. 260
  6. ^ Pearson (1995), pg. 240
  7. ^ Almasy, Steve (April 1, 2015). "Andrew Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty, dies at 47". CNN. Retrieved May 10, 2019.