Texaco and Getty Oil: History's Biggest Takeover?

Giant Texaco offers $9.9 billion to Getty Oil's feuding owners

Giant Texaco offers $9.9 billion to Getty Oil's feuding owners

It started as a bitter struggle between Gordon Getty, amateur composer and opera singer, and the defiant managers running Getty Oil, the cornerstone of the empire built by the late Jean Paul Getty. As the battle developed, both sides resorted to intrigue and duplicity worthy of the Medicis. But late last week, giant Texaco unexpectedly entered the picture and seemed likely to emerge the winner by offering to buy up Getty Oil for about $9.9 billion. The deal, subject to stockholder approval and a...

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