I respect people who stick to their principles through thick and thin. That's why I respect Mahatma Gandhi. He never sought power nor wealth for himself or his family, although he could easily have done so. I never had any direct interaction with him, yet he has my highest respect.
Having said that, rich and famous people are usually not worth respecting. "Behind every great fortune there is a crime", says Honore de Balzac. If I see a wealthy man and I find out that he's a politician, then I know what he's up to, in the Malaysian context. Many people admire Mahathir Mohamad, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia. His is one rags-to-riches story, and I don't have to elaborate as to how his family became a multi-billionaire family.