Excelling in one or two professions is hard enough but at 70, Arnold Schwarzenegger has left a remarkable print in the world as a very successful Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, producer, former bodybuilder and politician.
The man is versatility personified and nobody could have imagined that a mere bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Like that wasn’t enough, he married into the prestigious Kennedy family and served twice as the Governor of California. Impressed yet? Not that we are surprised, considering his prowess and all the hard work he has put in.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Wiki, Bio
The multi-talented star was born on July 30, 1947, in Thai-Austria. His first career interest was soccer. However, he chose to focus on bodybuilding instead. At 15, Arnold began bodybuilding training and at 17, he started contesting in competitions. At 18, he won his first competition, the junior Mr Europe contest. He was serving with the Austrian army at the time. Arnold won the 1966 Mr Universe at the second try at the age of 20 making him the youngest ever Mr Universe. He went on to win the competition three more times.
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Arnold saw bodybuilding as a ticket to America as one of his dreams was to become “the greatest actor”. He moved to the US at the age of 21 and just two years later, Arnold grabbed his first Mr Olympia title in New York. He would go on to win the title 6 more times. He also won the Mr World 1970.
As his bodybuilding career bloomed, Arnold began to write columns for several fitness magazines. Today, he is considered as an icon in the field of bodybuilding. He owns several gyms and has written many books on fitness.
Upon his arrival in the US, Arnold schooled and earned a degree in international marketing of fitness and business administration. From the money he made form bodybuilding, he ventured into business. First up was a bricklaying business which proved very lucrative.
Arnold then started a mail-order business before venturing into real estate. He became active in the business of buying and flipping real estate properties which soon made him a millionaire. He also invested in a shopping mall in Ohio. He opened a restaurant in Santa Monica and sold it in 1998.
Arnold has since enlarged his investment portfolio. He is a part owner of Texas-based investment firm Dimensional Fund Advisors which has about $414.0 billion in assets under management.
Arnold began his acting career when he was already a millionaire businessman, however, Hollywood brought him worldwide recognition and fame. He made his debut appearance in 1970 movie “Hercules In New York”. He got his first Golden Globe award for his role in 1976 movie “Stay Hungry”. Arnold struggled to look the part in Hollywood as he was criticized for his weird sizable body and accent. However, he drew attention with 1977 bodybuilding film “Pumping Iron”.
After appearing in a series of movies, his breakthrough came in 1982 sword-sorcery epic movie “Conan the Barbarian” which was a box office hit. Arnold then starred in James Cameron’s first instalment of “Terminator” which became his signature role. He soon became an action superstar, starred in other box-office hits including “Commando” (1985), “The Running Man” (1987), “Twins” (1988), “True Lies” (1994) and a slew of others.
Politics And Return To Hollywood
Inspired by Richard Nixon’s speech in the race to the White House, Arnold became a Republican. In 2003, he announced he was going to run for the Gubernatorial recall elections in California. He won the election and was re-elected in 2006. Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the governor of California for two tenures, leaving office in January 2011.
Immediately after leaving office, Arnold returned to his acting career. The most notable of his comeback movies is “The Expendables” and its sequels in which he starred alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone. Arnold also starred in remakes of his previous movies.
In 2016, the former California Governor replaced billionaire Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as the host of Celebrity Apprentice. He made his debut appearance in the 15th season. The show also features appearances from billionaire investor Warren Buffet. The new role will undoubtedly boost Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth. Donald Trump’s financial statement revealed that the real estate mogul made over $213 million throughout his 14 seasons with the NBC show that runs into about $16 million a year.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Net Worth
He made the most of his trademark which made him a very wealthy actor among other things. In addition, Arnold used his money wisely, investing in real estate and several businesses, including the restaurant chain Planet Hollywood.
He has an estimated net worth of over $300 million.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Wife, Son, Children, Kids
Amid his very busy schedule, making money and serving his country, Arnold still finds time for family. He is no doubt a devoted family man.
Arnold met his wife, television journalist Maria Shriver in 1977 and they got married in 1986 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church. While she’s no Hollywood star Shriver was no stranger to the spotlight as she’s part of one of the most famous families in the United States. Notably, her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the sister of U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
Shriver and Arnold have four children together Katherine Eunice born in 1989, Christina Maria Aurelia born in 1991, Patrick Arnold born in 1993, and Christopher Sargent Shriver born in 1997. After 25 years of bliss, trouble hit their paradise and on May 9, 2011, Arnold and Shriver announced their separation.
At the time, Arnold publicly admitted to fathering a child with a longtime member of their household staff, Mildred Patricia Baena. This was even before his election as Governor of California. Shriver filed for divorce on July 1, 2011, citing “irreconcilable differences.”