REAL ESTATE: Hate Those Hotels

Though he is one of the world's richest men (reputed worth: $1 billion), Jean Paul Getty, 66, lives like a man who does not know where his next penury is coming from. For years he kept a diary in which he jotted down every $2.70 dinner check, including "35¢ for ice cream." He has homes in California and Italy, but rarely uses them, prefers instead to run his vast Middle Eastern oil interests (TIME cover, Feb. 24, 1958) from the cheapest two-room suites in Paris' George V and London's Ritz Hotel. He has no personal servant, and it takes...

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