Anthony is a self-made man who has come up from nothing through hard work. Therefore, he has a great deal of faith in the power of money. He has seen it get him into the highest circles of society and believes that there is practically nothing that money can't do. This attitude is reflected in his attitude towards Richard getting more time with Miss Lantry. As he tells Richard,
Do you mean to tell me that with all the money I've got you can't get an hour or two of a girl's time for yourself?
This shows the connection. He feels that money can buy anything and that it will easily (with enough thought and planning) be able to get more of Miss Lantry's time than Richard thinks he can get.