Trust’s tight grip
JOHN Paul Getty was the world’s richest man, and also the meanest.
The billionaire oil tycoon was tighter than a tin of Siamese sardines.
A social recluse, he lived with his harem in a listed Tudor manor house, hated his kids (“perfumed wasters”) and made all-comers use a pay phone.
Trust tells the story of Getty’s “Golden Grandson” John Paul Getty III’s abduction, with the unproven spin that the spoilt teenager staged his own kidnapping.
True or not, the drama grips like Getty’s hand on a ten bob note.