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This Day in History - February 28
February 28, 1982 - The Getty Museum is endowed and becomes the richest museum on Earth

February 28, 1982, the John Paul Getty Museum(美国加州保罗盖兹美术馆), modeled after a Roman villa(别墅), becomes the most richly endowed(捐赠) on earth. The museum's vast purchasing power has been facilitated(推动)through the lion's share(最大的一份)of Getty's estate(财产), estimated at 4 billion dollars. Getty died in 1976 in his British country mansion(公寓)without ever seeing his museum in Malibu, California. An oil tycoon(大亨), married and divorced 5 times, but still watched his pennies, he installed a pay phone in his mansion for guests making outgoing calls. Reporter - "You have somewhat of a reputation, correctly or incorrectly, and I want to ask you, of being stingy. Is this an incorrect interpretation(描述)". Getty replies, "No, I like to pay the same as everybody else pays". Or in extreme cases, maybe even a little less.

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