The Getty dynasty, who made their fortune in oil, are as famous for their family tragedies as they are for their wealth.
Mark Harris Getty, KBE (born 9 July 1960) is an Irish businessman and is co-founder and Chairman of Getty Images.
He is the son of Gail Harris and Sir John Paul Getty. He has four children, Alexander, Joseph, Julius, and Sol. Getty is married to Caterina Nahberg. They live in Rome.
Wildcatter J. Paul Getty became the richest man in the world after consolidating his empire in the U.S. and then striking an impressive oil deal with Saudi Arabia in the 1960s and 70s. Known as a womanizer, Getty married five times and had five children.
His son J. Paul Getty Jr.’s second wife died of a heroin overdose and his son was kidnapped by Italian gangsters. Only after they chopped off his ear did the boy’s miserly grandfather cough up the ransom money, which he lent to his son with interest. Getty, who died in 1976, left the bulk of his estate to the Getty Museum, but his children inherited billions through a trust with interests in Getty Oil; it was later split up when son Gordon Getty orchestrated the sale of Getty Oil to Texaco in the late 1980s.
Since then, they’ve tried to keep a low profile, except for J. Paul’s grandson Mark Getty, who in 1995 managed to consolidate the stock photography business through Getty Images, which was ultimately sold to private equity firm Hellman & Friedman in 2008 for $ 2.4 billion; he remains the company’s chairman.
Tragedy struck again for the Getty clan in March 2015 when Andrew Rork, one of Gordon Getty’s sons, was found dead in his Beverly Hills mansion; despite initial suspicion, authorities indicated his death was tied to medical issues and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Mark Getty Net Worth, the Gettys as the 56th richest family in America. They count 28 members in the sprawling family, with the dynasty spanning several generations. the Getty’s had an estimated net worth of $ 5.4 billion (£ 3.7 billion).
J.Paul’s youngest son Mark was born in 1960 and is the founder of Getty Images, a global photo agency. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 2015 for services to arts and philanthropy.