May be you already know the story- Once there was a happy farmer- he used to do day long hard work, only had bare necessities- and was really really happy along with his dream-full sleep at night.
One day one of his neighbor came and gave him some gold to take care on his behalf until he return from a business trip. In a few days farmer start to lose his peaceful life thinking of the security of the gold- soon he were not able to sleep at night, too and his lifestyle just ruined because of that gold.
If you earn a good sum of money, at some point you may encompassed into a situation when you will need to earn more money (or power, money is power) to protect your wealth-
When you’re rich, you get used to certain lifestyle that in case of you ever lose wealth will put you in very tough/rough situation mostly because it would be so hard for you to adjust with with lesser quality stuffs for daily needs. Again, the rich’s lifestyle demands constant supply of money to keep it up to the standard they used to.
In a way money enslaves a person, specially when you’re rich- but in a sense every person, rich or poor, is a ‘slave’ to money due to how our society works and operates.
There is one big difference between a poor and rich person is, the knowledge of handling money and related stuffs- the more rich a person is may be knows better about it-
And with that knowledge a lot of rich person also become aware of ‘the slavery’ and able to actually get over it- may be a lot of cases, they able to keep them into the nearer to ‘free from money’, much better than a lot of other people.
While the world runs on money, ‘free from money’ is a practice where a person who act based upon purpose or ethics, and money is a secondary or is not a factor at all-
I would say, it’s really really depends on person to person, culture to culture and it isn’t that if you’re a ‘rich person’ that would makes you a slave of the money or would make you free from it- that comes with knowledge and practice only.