rich as Croesus

rich as Croesus

Very wealthy, as in They're rich as Croesus, with their penthouse, yacht, and horses. This term alludes to Croesus, the legendary King of Lydia and supposedly the richest man on earth. The simile was first recorded in English in 1577.
See also: Croesus, rich

rich as Croesus

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone is as rich as Croesus, they are very rich. He's as rich as Croesus, and getting richer all the time. Note: Croesus was the ruler of Lydia, a kingdom in Asia Minor, in the 6th century BC. He was famous for being very rich.
See also: Croesus, rich

(as) rich as ˈCroesus

(informal) extremely rich OPPOSITE: (as) poor as a church mouseCroesus was a very rich king in Lydia, Asia Minor, in the sixth century BC.
See also: Croesus, rich
References in classic literature ?
If I had them I should think myself as rich as Croesus.
She's as rich as Croesus thanks to a badly-written trilogy of books that, luckily for her, tapped into the public psyche.
Perhaps you have heard the English expression, "as rich as Croesus.
I was financially sophisticated enough to see through the great endowment mortgage scam, even though I was called a fool for insisting on a dull old repayment mortgage when I could have this fantastic product that would not only pay off my debt at the end of its term, but leave me rich as Croesus, relaxing in a hot tub in the Caribbean with a minimum of three bikini-clad babes.
Amongst other "brothers" present that night were the Chancellor Gideon Osborne, and the rich as Croesus banker Nathaniel Rothschild.
Wayne Rooney may become as rich as Croesus but has he no one close to him who will explain that in doing so, he will become bankrupt of respect and integrity?
Footballers might be rich as Croesus these days but the game has a poverty of characters and fun - even the World Cup was a bit dour - almost as if football's price of wealth was selling its soul.
Or, maybe Granddaddy, who is rich as Croesus and mean as a snake, has a 10 percent chance of coming out of this alive and they might as well get a head start on the good times.
Emperorj believes he has hit upon a money spinner which will clear up the roads and make someone as rich as Croesus.
Since we are not as rich as Croesus, what could technology do?
Lord Albany Berrybender, rich as Croesus, takes the notion to travel the West and shoot buffalo.
This example falls down slightly, of course, when the activities of people who are as rich as Croesus are involved, such as politicians or members of our beloved city council.
Paul McCartney went down on one knee to propose to Heather Mills, although Miss Mills baffled everyone by saying that if she had wanted to marry for money, she would have picked someone wealthier than Macca who is, of course, as rich as Croesus.
Made of money" is deemed a perfect substitute for rich as Croesus.
Cilla may well be as rich as Croesus but she should stop shoving it down the throats of the people who've made her a star - those viewers who bust a gut every day just to make ends meet.