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Move over, Donald Trump. Your version of wealth – being flashy, gaudy, arrogant and boisterous – is not what billionaire J. Paul Getty had in mind. Getty was a principled man who advocated cooperating with labor unions and working to improve society. According to Getty, being “rich” comes with the responsibility of having good character and a positive attitude. He wrote this book in 1960, before financial engineering and leverage emerged, thus enabling the get-rich-quick schemes that funded many selfish, easy-money multimillionaires. From his era’s vantage point, Getty discusses new management techniques, the quest for status, and the difference between being rich and being wealthy. getAbstract recognizes the timeless value of Getty’s knowledge and the enduring applicability of his business advice. He offers a refreshing perspective in this inspirational business biography.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which principles John Paul Getty followed to become a billionaire;
  • What were his 10 rules for building a successful business; and
  • How to be an effective executive and leader.

About the Author

In 1957, Fortune magazine named J. Paul Getty, owner of Getty Oil, as “The World’s Richest Man.” He lived and worked in England from the 1950s until his death in 1976.



Building the Business
As J. Paul Getty first discovered oil in Stone Bluff, Oklahoma, in 1916, he was so excited about the potential strike that he decided to retreat to the nearest city, Tulsa, to await updates. He didn’t want his intolerable fever pitch excitement to make him a “hindrance...

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