Tom Buchanan; comes from a family with "old money" meaning that they have been having money for a really long time. Tom is a polo player, he is muscular, aggressive, and strong. Nick complies on the description of Tom, " Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body . . . and you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat."
Jay Gatsby; Born James Gatz, from North Dakota was born to poor farmers, he was ambitious and wanted to be successful, he later changed his name to Jay Gatsby and learned the manners of the rich from Dan Cody, Gatsby got into shady business with Wolfshiem making him a good quantity of money, ending up moving to West egg. "It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself . . . His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed every day. "