Asked whether it is good to be rich, he replies: “Yes, if you make it the hard way. It’s not for me to pass moral judgment.”
Really rather missing the point of the system.
We should be just as happy, happier even, if people make it the lucky way. Just come up with the right idea at the right time and make millions. Just happen to have the talents that thrive in a society at the particular stage that we\’re at.
For much of it is luck. Beckham wouldn\’t be a multi-millionaire in a world of capped football wages. Nor before satellite TV drove up the price of sporting coverage. Nor in a world without professional sports.
But even though much of it is luck, where and when you were born with what talents and what ideas, we still want people who deploy them successfully to make money. Because that encourages others to deploy their talents to whatever it is that society most values at that time. And more of what society values is, by definition, making that society richer.
BTW, making it the hard way without passing moral judgement does rather include running that gang processing hard drugs. Certainly hard, certainly makes money….