GETTY, J(OHN) PAUL. (1892-1976). American industrialist, art collector and founder of the Getty Oil Company; by the 1950s Getty was the world’s richest man. TLS. (“J. Paul Getty”). 1p. 4to. Rome, December 30, 1965. To Ernest Kay, Managing Editor of Time and Tide magazine in London.
“Please excuse my delay in answering yours of December 3, 1965.
I respect Time and Tide and wish it well but I am trying to avoid any additional publicity as I find publicity, particularly in connection with wealth, very burdensome. It exposes me to thousands of letters from people who want money, personal interviews, to sell art objects, etc. It is one thing to be publicized in a $5 book and another thing to be featured in the daily press or weeklies read by thousands of people. I hope you will understand my position…”