In 1973 Jean Paul Getty’s Grandson Was Kidnapped In Rome, But He Wouldn’t Pay The $17M Ransom

John Paul Getty III was buying a comic book from a newsstand at 3 a.m. on the Piazza Farnese in Rome when he was knocked unconscious and abducted. He was 16-years-old – and he was the rebellious grandson of billionaire Jean Paul Getty.

When his father, John Paul Getty Jr. couldn’t pay the ransom of $17m, the boy’s fate fell to his wealthy grandfather, Jean Paul Getty. Indeed, J. Paul, as he was known, had been named the “richest living American” by Fortune magazine in 1957 and the “world’s richest private citizen” by the Guinness Book of Records in 1966.

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