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Mark Getty
Mark Harris Getty

(1960-07-09) 9 July 1960 (age 63)
Rome, Italy
CitizenshipIrish (since 1995)
Known forCo-founder of Getty Images
(m. 1982; div. 2011)

Mark Harris Getty KBE (born 9 July 1960) is an Irish[1] businessman who is the co-founder and chairman of Getty Images.[2]

Life and career[edit]

A member of the prominent Getty family, he is the younger son of John Paul Getty Jr. and his first wife, Gail Harris. Getty was born in Rome, Italy.[3] He attended Taunton School in England and later studied Philosophy and Politics at St Catherine's College, Oxford.[4]

Getty began his career at securities firm Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York City and then joined Hambros Bank Ltd in London.[5] In 1993, he drove his family's founding investment in andBeyond, the world's leading ecotourism business, and still acts as chairman of the business.[6]

In 1994, he co-founded the photographic agency Getty Images with Jonathan Klein. Getty Images is the world's leading supplier of imagery for the media, corporate, and advertising sectors. In 2003, he inherited Wormsley Park from his father. In 2008, Getty became chairman of the trustees of the National Gallery in London, a post he held until 2016.[7] In 2017, Getty became chairman of the British School at Rome.


  1. ^ "Seven Gettys sign up for Irish passports". Independent.ie. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  2. ^ "How I Made It: Mark Getty, chairman of Getty Images". The Sunday Times. 2 February 2003. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Sunday Times Rich List 2007". The Times. London. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  4. ^ "How I Made It: Mark Getty, chairman of Getty Images". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Getty family takes stake in UK acquisition venture". The Independent. 9 January 1994. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ Mark Getty's bio at Getty Images
  7. ^ London, The National Gallery. "Mark Getty". www.nationalgallery.org.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2018.

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