Yes, Phileas Fogg was rich.
Was Phileas Fogg rich? Undoubtedly. But those who knew him best could not imagine how he had made his fortune, and Mr. Fogg was the last person to whom to apply for the information.
The above quote comes from the first chapter. What's interesting about Fogg and his wealth is that nobody knows where the wealth comes from. The paragraphs preceding the above quote explain that Fogg was never seen in the banking district, or at the docks, or at an office, or the courts. He's not a scientist...
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