John Paul Getty III Biography
(Grandson of Jean Paul Getty)
Birthday: November 4, 1956 (Scorpio)
Born In: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
John Paul Getty III was the grandson of American oil tycoon, Jean Paul Getty, who was the richest person in the world at one point. Getty III was infamously kidnapped for a ransom of $17 million during his teenage years. While growing up in Rome, Italy, he went through a five-month-long ordeal during which his kidnappers tortured him and sent his hair and mutilated ear to an Italian newspaper to threaten his family into paying up the demanded amount of money. Despite showing reluctance to pay the ransom initially, his grandfather, who had earned a reputation due to his frugality, eventually arranged for a negotiation in exchange for his grandson’s release. However, Getty III continued to suffer in the following years due to drug abuse during his captivity, and became partially disabled till his death at the age of 54. The kidnapping incident has been used in popular culture many times over the years, the most recent ones being the Ridley Scott movie, 'All the Money in the World', and the FX television series, 'Trust'.