Old Money


Old Money

"Old Money" is a term that refers to the established upper class. It is typically used to describe families who have been wealthy for several generations, as distinguished from the "nouveau riche" and "parvenus".

According to surveys conducted by W. Lloyd Warner, the American upper class in the late 1930s was divided into two groups: lower-upper and upper-upper. The lower-upper class included those with "new money", or money made from investments, business ventures, and so forth. The upper-upper class included aristocratic and "high-society" families with "old money" who had been rich for generations. These extremely wealthy people lived off the income from their inherited riches. The upper-upper class was seen as more prestigious than the lower-upper class.


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