In armed-service slang during World War II '(big) potatoes' denoted both great wealth and the possessor thereof. The use of the same word since the 1990s may be a separate coinage.
► 'Oh where are those potatoes? Tell me about those potatoes because I can't eat, I can't eat.' (Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, in conversation with her psychic, Madame Vasso, reported in 1996)

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