While at boarding school and uni generally preferred to know people who were from wealthier backgrounds. Mostly preferred to get close to them and hopefully get to know their parents or grandparents. Never know what kind of influence and benefits it could net you in future.
Did it net me any benefits? Absolutely.
The rich element wouldn't come into it for me. One of my best mates at Uni was very well off, but he was very down to earth and just like anyone else really!
I think it's great that your parents taught you to be down to earth, because most of the times, it's not the really rich people who show off, but rather the middle classes. Back when I went to uni in Paris,I knew a lot of people who were like middle-class or upper-middle class and they honestly acted like they were in an episode of gossip girl, but they didn't have that much money. And of course, because I'm arab, these people assumed I was living in the bad suburbs of paris in social housing and that my parents were probably poor and jobless. LOL. In reality I come from a town 5 h away from Paris, in a nice neighbourhood, we have a nice house here, and in my parent's country we have a vacation house which is more like a mansion, so I'd say we're not poor lol we're ok, anyways,this was just to explain why I wouldn't befriend people who are/or think that they are rich and throw their money around etc , not my type of people at all. Even the ones who are quiet and don't show off I wouldn't be friends with them, because most of the time, they don't understand that they're lucky that their parents are well off, so they just assume everyone else is like them, and when you explain that no, you didn't travel the world or you are not willing to pay for designers bags/shoes, they are like what ??
I wouldn't mind as long as they weren't obnoxious
I have only met one person who seemed somewhat wealthy (maybe not rich) and while they did not fit the usual caviar-eating stereotype, they were insufferable and very openly snobby going as far as to insult those in the group who lived in certain poor areas. I would not judge all rich folk on that one experience though and would keep an open mind but, as with any human encounter, I'd be extremely cautious until I'd had sufficient time to get to know the person. There are good and bad people everywhere, rich, poor and in-between.
I try not to judge people on appearances (but let's be honest it is unavoidable). I personally like quality but don't like in your face labels. Real quality you can spot a mile off, in your face labels are too try hard.