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    J. Paul Getty to his Mama, on his 40th Birthday, "I don't feel any different than at 30 or 20 and probably I am not any more intelligent" J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), an American business executive and one of the richest people in the world. After inheriting his father's oil business, Getty Oil, he became director and principal owner. His personal wealth was estimated at $3 billion. An ardent art collector, he founded the J. Paul Getty Museum in California, and bequeathed it an endowment of $750 million, making it the world's richest museum. Getty lived in Britain from the early 1950s until his death. Autograph letter signed, two pages, December 14, 1932, Mexico. The letter, written on Hotel Ritz stationery, is accompanied by the envelope, and reads in full: "Dearest Mama, Here I am back in Mexico for the first time since 1926. I like it down here. The climate is lovely and the scenery is superb. To-morrow is the big day. It doesn't seem possible I will be forty years old. I don't feel any different than at 30 or 20 and probably I am not any more intelligent. I wish I were with you. I think of you so often. There is no one who can take a mother's place and you have always been such a kind, loving mother to me. I have got a divorce from Fini. She was a very poor wife to me and I do not consider it was my fault. I filed suit against her in Jan. 1931 but there were many delays. I am wondering if it is wise for me just now to come to L. A. She has an attorney in L. A. and if I came he might get service on me and try to get a good deal of money. My attorney in Berlin is negotiating with her and I hope that he will soon arrange a satisfactory settlement. However, it will be a great disappointment if I don't get to see you before Christmas. I am so glad Georgie's eyes are better. He was a very brave little boy. Please write me, dearest. I am anxious to hear from you. The business is going fine, and I think the tax settlement was not so bad. I am anxious to get rid of the bank. With truest love, Paul." Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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