In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in final chapters, there’s a discussion between Voldemort and Lucius Malfoy that specially draws my attention:
‘The Lestranges should stand here,’ said Voldemort quietly. ‘But they are entombed in Azkaban. They were faithful. They went to Azkaban rather than renounce me … when Azkaban is broken open, the Lestranges will be honoured beyond their dreams.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33: The Death Eaters.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we know that the Lestrange’s family Vault is filled with valuable goods:
The door of the vault melted away to reveal a cavelike opening crammed from floor to ceiling with golden coins and goblets, silver armour, the skins of strange creatures — some with long spines, others with drooping wings — potions in jeweled flasks, and a skull still wearing a crown.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26: Gringotts.
It is clearly stated in the canon that the Lestrange family is pureblood, and so is the Black family (let’s not forget that Bellatrix was née Black). I do not have any canon quote in which to base this, but I recall that pureblood families such as the Malfoys, Lestranges, and Blacks were reasonably wealthy (at least in some point of the Houses’ history).
Is there any canon indication that Voldemort fulfilled his promise and made Rodolphus and Bellatrix considerably richer after they broke away from Azkaban? Were they particularly rich even before they were imprisoned1 ?
I realise I might just be misinterpreting “honoured” in a monetary way. But I don’t recall them being specially highly ranked in Voldemort’s followers lines2 (at least not Rodolphus); it seems logically to me that Voldemort is talking about wealth/status.
1: It’s worth noting that Gringotts do not seem to care about wizards being in prison, as Sirius is indirectly able to access his vault when he was a fugitive in the Prisoner of Azkaban.
2: One could argue that (in Voldemort’s mind) Voldemort’s army is comprised by: a) Voldemort, b) replaceable pawns.