August 21, 1999 |
Gordon P. Getty, one of the richest men in the United States, had a secret second family for more than a decade. Now that family is trying to gain inheritance rights from the billionaire heir to the Getty oil fortune. Getty, a San Francisco socialite, philanthropist and composer, has confirmed that he fathered three daughters in Los Angeles, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday. "Nicolette, Kendalle and Alexandra are my children. Their mother, Cynthia Beck, and I, love them very much.
May 17, 1987 |
In May, 1982, Gordon P. Getty, a San Francisco opera enthusiast and composer, came to power as sole trustee of his family's multibillion-dollar fortune in Getty Oil stock. Over the next nine months, Getty embarked on what one company lawyer described as an "odyssey of discovery" at Getty Oil, a journey that brought him into conflict with the company's chairman, Sidney Petersen. By the summer of 1983, their disputes had pushed Getty Oil precariously close to a takeover.
March 19, 1988 |
"Business is just my avocation," Gordon Getty says. "Music is my vocation." That may surprise those who recognize Getty only as the multimillionaire son of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, and it may surprise those critics who have suggested--some none too subtly--that Getty's compositions are performed only in expectation of substantial patronage. Getty, however, takes his calling as a composer quite earnestly.
February 25, 1989
Conrad's cartoon of Khomeini carrying an oversized AK-47 under his right arm (Feb. 17) holding "The Satanic Verses" with his outstretched left arm, yelling "Author! Author!" is a real classic. Mr. Conrad, I salute you. SAMUEL S. SHERWIN Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2004 |
Mayor Gavin Newsom sold his local business interests to oil heir Gordon Getty for $1.7 million earlier this year, the mayor's spokesman said. The 36-year-old millionaire mayor, who took office Jan. 8, earlier announced his decision to get out of the businesses he co-owned in San Francisco -- including the PlumpJack Cafe, the Balboa Cafe and the Matrix-Fillmore bar -- to avoid potential conflicts of interest.