Time: A Pragmatist and a Pioneer

It was the first encounter between the two famed, publicity-shy Americans. Jean Paul Getty, 81, probably the richest man in the world, has a personal oil fortune estimated at $4 billion and has lived in England for the past 20 years, seeing only business associates and close friends. Charles Lindbergh, 72, the first man to fly the Atlantic solo, has long avoided public life, emerging only to promote conservation causes. Last week both met with TIME Correspondent William McWhirter. The occasion: Getty had just endowed a $50,000 prize through the World Wildlife Fund,...

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