No, riches are not bad. Abraham had riches. Job had riches. When Job passed the test, God gave him even more riches.
You know why? Because they were men of God first and foremost.
Ah, well, that explains the success of the five richest men in the world today: Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison, Carlos Slim Helu and Amancio Ortega. They must be close to god, like you said.
Lets see, Bill Gates, atheist, Warren Buffet, agnostic, Larry Ellison, Jewish by birth but agnostic, Carlos Slim Helu, demon catholic and Amancio Ortega, also a demon catholic.
Gee, that being close to god really works out well. You hit it right on the nose.