Abraham Harold Maslow, was an American psychologist. He is noted for his conceptualization of a "hierarchy of human needs", and is considered the founder of humanistic psychology
Maslow's hierarchy of needs is predetermined in order of importance.
1st- Physiological needs
* Breathing* Water* Sleep* Food* Sex* Clothing* Shelter
Because without these things mankind could not continue to exist.
2nd- Safety Needs
* Personal security* Financial security* Health and well-being
* Safety net against accidents/illness and the adverse impacts
These needs have to do with people's yearning for a predictable, orderly world in which injustice and inconsistency are under control
3rd- Social needs
* Friendship* Intimacy
* Having a supportive and communicative family
Humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.
This need for belonging can often overcome the physiological and security needs, depending on the strength of the peer pressure; an anorexic, for example, may ignore the need to eat and the security of health for a feeling of control and belonging.
Also known as the belonging need, esteem presents the normal human desire to be accepted and valued by others.
Maslow stresses the dangers associated with self-esteem based on fame and outer recognition instead of inner competence. Healthy self-respect is based on earned respect.
The motivation to realize one's own maximum potential and possibilities is considered to be the master motive or the only real motive.
** Note-- Near the end of his life Maslow revealed that there was a level on the hierarchy that was above self-actualization: self-transcendence.
With that being said; I believe and have heard from others that, the most coveted thing by man is the closeness of relationships with friends and family. I am saying that, this takes priority over money and/or superficial sex. But, this realization may not come to a person until a later time in life.