Understanding sentence starting with “were”

I am reading a economics book and the following sentence confuses me:

Were such individuals to gain a lot of money, they would stop buying

It seems strange to me. What is the meaning of this sentence? What sentence pattern does it belong to?


Normally an unreal if-clause has the form if + past subjunctive/ past perfect subjunctive as in

  • If I had* enough money/If I had* had enough money ( had* = past subjunctive).

You can choose a variant without “if” and with inversion

  • Had* I enough money/ Had* I had enough money.

This variant is always possible in written elevated style.

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