Mark Getty

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Mark Getty
Born (1960-07-09) July 9, 1960 (age 56)
Oxfordshire, UK
Occupation Founder and Chairman
Salary Unknown
Net worth Decrease £315 Million GBP[1] (approximately $483 Million U.S.)
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Domitilla Harding
Children Alexander Getty, Joseph Getty, Julius Getty
Parent(s) Sir John Paul Getty (father)
Abigail Harris (mother)
Lady Victoria Getty (stepmother)
Website Getty Images

Mark Harris Getty, KBE (born July 9, 1960)[2] is a British-born Irish businessman and co-founder of Getty Images. A member of the Getty family, which originally made its money from oil, he is the son of American-British billionaire philanthropist Sir John Paul Getty, Jr.


Getty attended Taunton School then read Politics & Philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford.[3]

Getty began his career with spells at Kidder Peabody in New York and then joined Hambros Bank Limited in London. He co-founded Getty Investments LLC Group, which holds the majority share-stake of the photographic agency Getty Images, with Jonathan Klein in 1993. Getty is the Chairman of Getty Images. Under his leadership it has become a major supplier of both commercial and private photographs, most especially for publications in the UK, U.S. and internationally. Getty is a member of the board of Getty Investments LLP.

In 2003, Getty inherited his father's majority holding in the Wisden Group.

In 2004 Getty was re-appointed as a trustee of the National Gallery in London. He is a regular member of the Sunday Times Rich List. On the 2009 list, he was ranked 174=, after a net worth loss of £55 million GBP from the previous year, credited to loss of share worth.

Personal life[edit]

In 1982, Getty married Domitilla Harding, a member of the House of della Rovere, at the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles in Rome.[4] Together they have three children: Alexander, Joseph and Julius. His son Joseph married jewelry designer and socialite Sabine Ghanem at the same Basilica in May 2015. An Irish passport holder,[5] he lives at Wormsley Park.

In 2015, Getty was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to arts and philanthropy [1].


  1. ^ "The Sunday Times Rich List 2007". The Times. London. April 26, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sunday Times Rich List 2007". The Times. London. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The MT interview: Mark Getty". Management Today. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
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  5. ^ Ireland's Rich List 2010

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