His Birth name is James Gatz. He is born in a farm in North America. He dropped out of St Olaf's in Minnesota two weeks after starting school. He was working on Lake superior where he was fishing salmons. He saw the yacht of Dan Cody a rich man, Gatz warmed him that a storm was going to come. The man was ''reconnaissant'' so he told him to go work on his boat. Cody named him Jay Gatsby and he become his personnal assistant.Gatsby began to love wealth and luxury when he travel with Cody to the Barbary Coast and West Indies. Cody is a heavy drinker so Gatbsy was looking after him during his drunken binges to make sure that nothing wrong happen. With this experience, Gatsby has a healthy respect for dangerous alcohol and he doesn’t want to become a drinker like Cody. When Cody died, he left Gatsby $25,000, but Cody's family prevented him from having the inheritance, Gatsby then decided to become by himself a wealthy and successful.