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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers
How does Gatsby make his money?

Although Gatsby himself never explicitly says how he became wealthy, readers could assume his money comes from illegal or nefarious practices, working as either a German spy or a gambler. Readers know from Gatsby’s relationship with Meyer Wolfsheim, the character in the novel who fixed the 1919 World Series, that Gatsby was involved in criminal activities. During Tom and Gatsby’s fight in Chapter 7, Tom brings up Gatsby’s business with Wolfsheim, saying he heard that they “sold grain alcohol over the counter” at drug stores in New York or Chicago. Gatsby responds to the accusation with “What about it?”, suggesting that Tom is right, and that Gatsby likely made the majority of his money through bootlegging.