Learn English – Someone who wants to have important friends?

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Is there a word for a person who acts a certain way to become friends with others of a higher or more important social status? Someone who will act falsely to impress others for their own gain (i.e to then show off about it to "lesser" people, in a "look who i'm friends with" style)?

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SycophantM-W

noun a person who praises powerful people in order to get their approval; a servile self-seeking flatterer
"when her career was riding high, the self-deluded actress often mistook sycophants for true friends"