The academia is not a shelter for people uninterested in worldly gains! Brian Martin gets it so right here in this article.
To quote an excerpt:
“…One way to get beyond envy and the status race is to focus on intrinsic satisfaction. This is possible in teaching, for example in seeing students improve their understanding and performance over a period of time. It is also possible in research, when the topic is chosen for its intellectual or social importance rather than its utility as a vehicle for personal advance…”