I'm inclined to use parvenu but most meaning suggest about lacking refinement. I'm looking for someone who looks down on the poor. Maybe abusive to the poor.

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    The term is nouveau riche, plural. People who are crass and get a lot of money and start behaving badly in all sorts of ways. They often exhibit all sorts of bad attitudes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nouveau_riche
    – Lambie
    Jun 9, 2018 at 14:56
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    The "newly rich" don't necessarily look down on/abuse the poor. "Nouveau riche" is (usually) a derogatory term for the self-made wealthy, given to them by "old money" people. Jun 9, 2018 at 15:25
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    Probably a more appropriate duplicate candidate (where 'nouveau riche' is given, heavily upvoted, and can no longer be claimed by the most fastidious to fall foul of the 'must be an idiom' constraint) is idiom/expression for someone who forgets their roots on achieving success. Jun 9, 2018 at 15:58
  • @EdwinAshworth feel free to edit. Bear in mind, tchrist's answer (More formal synonyms of “snob”) is very very thorough, nouveau riche being mentioned also, and as an answer, his is by far the most informative and helpful.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 9, 2018 at 17:40

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"People who are toffee-nosed consider themselves to be better than other people, especially than people of a lower social class: He's a toffee-nosed git - take no notice of him!"

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    Sure, but this does not go to the heart of the matter: recent acquisition of considerable pecuniary resources.
    – Lambie
    Jun 9, 2018 at 15:03

nouveau riche TFD

n, pl nouveaux riches (often plural) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces

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