I think that we do indeed in a very materialistic world, especially in any well-developed capitalistic country.
Any well-developed capitalistic country in the world is considered to be rather materialistic, as they often take financial success very seriously.
Money is deemed to be very important in any well-developed capitalistic country, as their standard of living is very high in those countries.
If you are a rich and wealthy person in any well-developed capitalistic country, you are afforded a lot more respect and admiration than the average person in that country.
Money does make the world go round and money does play a very big role in influencing the public perceptions of a very rich and very financially powerful person.
If you are widely known to have a lot of money, you can get a lot of things done much faster, as the companies/ businesses in any well-developed capitalistic country always love to cater to rich/ wealthy individuals and have them be their loyal and faithful customers of their line of products and services.