Where the Getty family fortune came from

April 1, 2015 1:22 PM

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The Getty family fortune was built not only in oil fields from Oklahoma to Saudi Arabia but also in factories that built everything from aircraft to mobile homes, and in the boardrooms of Wall Street, where the family profited from one of the fiercest takeover battles in corporate history.

Forbes puts the family fortune at $5 billion, which makes it America's 54th richest family. Its richest member today is philanthropist Gordon Getty, 81, worth an estimated $2.1 billion. His son Andrew was discovered dead Tuesday in his Los Angeles home.

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