Nouveau Riche

Nouveau riche is a French term which literally means the new rich. There was a time when people from the old rich would look down upon these people who amassed their wealth in their own generation. However, while the old rich received their wealth because they were fortunate enough to be born into a well-to-do family, the more admirable nouveau riche actually did so by their own hard work and enterprise. They also took a lot of risk in order to be where they are now, as most profitable enterprises are also fraught with risk. Sure, there were some who got lucky and won in the lottery, but such are few and far within, and people who got rich that way rarely get to keep their fortune for long.

Being neither born into a royal family nor a tycoon's family is no misfortune, but almost everybody dreams of someday being rich enough not to have to worry about the day-to-day expenses, and, God willing, enjoy a few luxuries, aside from having the means of being generous to others if one wishes so. Being a nouveau rich in this new society is no longer something to be ashamed of, but something to be admired.

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