It is a wrong hypothesis that money and status are the most probable basis that lead to power. A man who does not have a bungalow, does not have a car, and do not possess any bank balance was the one who could shake the corridors of power in Delhi. This made me think of something that all of us should ponder.
Some of the so called virtues like honesty, integrity, punctuality, selflessness, etc have become so rare that their value has increased ten fold. If you apply the supply demand theory of market forces, then possessing these virtues will surely go a long way in making you powerful. Many great men and women in the past have gained power (which is legitimate only when accepted by a majority followers) by their exemplary behavior. Investing in the cultivation of these ideal virtues will definitely provide good returns in the long run.