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How did Jay Gatsby get all of his money in The Great Gatsby?

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brtlover13 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM via web

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How did Jay Gatsby get all of his money in The Great Gatsby?

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 27, 2011 at 4:45 AM (Answer #1)

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No one knows for sure how Gatsby got his money, but there are several educated guesses and rumors.

The most prevelant rumor is that Gatsby got his money through bootlegging (illegal sale of alcohol), which he did through his ties to the mob.

Daisy tells Tom at one point, that Gatsby owned a chain of drug stores, and that is how he got rich. He might have indeed owned some pharmacies, but if he did there was most likely some illegal activitiy connected with them.

Gatsby intimated also that he came from a weathy family "out west". But

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