The term wealth began as the term weal meaning health, well-being, and happiness. Over time it has come to mean affluence.Wikipedia has an interesting article on wealth. This section stood out for me: To acquire wealth (as used in the modern sense) requires ownership of property (or resources) which produces revenue/income. I also believe we may be conflating finance with economics and the terms contained therein both. I'm sure we all have our own personal definitions of and views on wealth.