|Net Worth:||$300 million|
|Full name:||Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger|
|Born:||30 July, 1947|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Occupation:||Actor, Filmmaker, Businessman and Politician.|
If you’re a lover of commando movies who watched the big screens in the 1980s, then you must know Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger. One actor that thrilled our screens and has met his reward in increased net worth over the years up until 2018.
Arnold is a former California governor, actor, producer, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and businessman who his name possess a challenge to promote.
He has graced numbers of movies and is one of the most famous bodybuilders of all time.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s height and weight sit at 1.88m and 113 kg respectively, most times referred to as the father of modern bodybuilding.
His acting career and time as governor of California made those that don’t know him during his bodybuilding days.
He has tutored so many young talents to become professional bodybuilders and has achieved crazy levels of success in his personal and professional career.
If he is this celebrated, the nagging question remains “What is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth?”
Before we proceed to the net worth of Arnold Schwarzenegger, let’s take a look at his early life and how he grew into the person he is today.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Age
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, as his original name goes was born on the 30th of July, 1947 in Thal, Styria to mother, Aurelia, and father, Gustav Schwarzenegger.
The aged actor is 71 years old.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Early Life and Education
Interestingly, his father was the local police chief and served in the Second World War where he was wounded during the battle of Stalingrad.
Arnold, who defined his parents as very strict grew up in a Catholic family where the rod is not spared when you do something terrible.
While growing up, his father had a stern preference for Arnold’s elder brother, and never cared to listen or understand Arnold’s problem.
However, the former governor was close to his mother until her death.
At school, Arnold was an average student who stood out as a cheerful and good-humored character.
As a boy, he played various sports games as influenced by his father who wanted him to become a soccer player.
Arnold handled his first barbell in 1960 at the age of 13 during his soccer team’s day at the gym.
He got his calling and went into bodybuilding, abandoning soccer. While he was growing up, he took inspiration from bodybuilding legends like Reg Park, Steve Reeves, and Johnny Weissmuller.
He served in the Austrian Army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required of 18-year-old Austrians at that time.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Training
During his period of service, he won the Junior Mr. Europe contest, a competition he spent a week in the military prison for.
When he moved to America in 1968, he started training under Joe Weider at Gold’s Gym in Venice, Los Angeles, California.
To improve his education and English, he took English classes at Santa Monica College, California and bagged a bachelor’s degree by correspondence from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1979.
He studied international marketing of fitness and business administration. He officially became an American citizen in 1983.
Arnold’s career has cut across many disciplines of life which he has gotten involved in and is excelling in.
For a better understanding of his career, we’ll take his careers individually.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Bodybuilding Career
Arnold is said to be among the most influential figures in bodybuilding history, and his legacy is celebrated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition.
He has remained relevant in the industry even after retirement, with ownership of many gyms and fitness magazines and judging of numerous contests and award shows.
Asides owning for these magazines, he wrote for other bodybuilding magazines and served as executive editor on most of them.
During his early years in bodybuilding, he competed and won several Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting contests in addition to numerous other awards and competitions he won.
His goal was to become the world’s great bodybuilder which he achieved and surpassed.
Altogether, he won Mr. Universe (amateur) once, Mr. Universe (pro) thrice, Mr. Olympia 7 times, International Powerlifting Championships once, German Powerlifting Championship once among many others.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Movies
It has been Arnold’s wish to be an actor at one point in his life, and he achieved it.
This was when he acted as Hercules in 1970’s Hercules in New York.
He appeared again in another film, acting the part of a deaf-mute mob hit man in the movie, The Long Goodbye.
Subsequently, he featured in Stay Hungry (1976), a film that made him win the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor.
Though he had challenges fitting into the movie industry, with complaints being about his name, accent and body shape.
However, he drew attention to himself in the body lifting movie, Pumping Iron (1977).
He featured in many movies after Pumping Pump but was to make his hit in the sword and sorcery epic, Conan the Barbarian (1982) which was a box office hit.
This was followed by Conan, the Destroyer (1984), though it wasn’t as successful as the predecessor.
In 1984, he featured in another hit movie which was to become his second name in the industry, in James Cameron’s science fiction thriller film, The Terminator.
After Terminator, he featured in many other movies including Red Sonja (1985), Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987) and the Red Heat (1988).
He went ahead to feature in 1990s movies like Total Recall (1990) which earned him $10 million and 15% of the film’s gross, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Last Action Hero (1993), True Lies (1994) and Junior which earned him an award.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies sold more then, because action films where in vogue and the fact he brings his humorous way of acting into play, makes his movies exceptional.
He reduced his appearance in movies after he became the governor of California, what many would call retirement.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Most Recent Movies
However, he returned again in 2012 with the Expendables (2012).
He also featured in The Last Stand (2013), Terminator Genisys (2015), The Legend of Conan among others.
Arnold will return in a Terminator movie in July 2019 which will be produced by James Cameron and directed by Tim Miller.
The film is planned to be a direct sequel to Terminator 2 and will be shot in Almeria.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Political Career
Arnold was a registered Republican many years and frequently had disagreeing political views with other prominent Hollywood stars.
At a time, he explained he is a Republican because the Democrats of the 1960s sounded like Austrian socialists.
He was first noticed as Republican during the 1988 presidential election when he accompanied Vice President George H. W. Bush at a campaign rally.
His first political appointment saw him become the chairman of the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports which he was from 1990 to 1993.
After that, he held other political posts both at the state and at the national level.
Arnold announced his candidacy for the 2003 California governorship recall election on August 6, 2003, and his name gained the most recognition among all the candidates.
His declaration spread like wildfire nationally and internationally with the media labeling him the “Governator.”
Schwarzenegger defeated Democrat, Cruz Bustamante, fellow Republican Tom McClintock and others to become the Governor of California.
After his first term in office, he ran again in 2006 elections against Democrat’s Phil Angelides and won.
It may interest you to know that Arnold cannot run for the presidential seat as he is not a natural-born US citizen; he is a dual Austrian/US citizen.
Also, because of his already made wealth, he did not accept his governorship salary of $175,000 per year.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Business Career
Arnold has had a highly successful business career.
He was known as a prolific goal setter who would write his objectives at the start of the year and will succeed in achieving it.
He was a millionaire before the age of thirty well before he started acting.
When he was in Austria, he and fellow bodybuilder Franco Columbu started a bricklaying business which flourished, thanks to their marketing savvy.
The profits of the business, they used to start a mail-order business, selling bodybuilding and fitness-related equipment and instructional tapes.
The profits from the mail-order business and his competition winnings he invested into real estate.
As a known investor, he had invested in many ventures including Planet Hollywood, a chain of international theme restaurants modelled after the Hard Rock Café.
He has also invested in a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio and Dimensional Fund Advisors.
In addition he is also the owner of Arnold’s Sports Festival which holds annually in Columbus, Ohio since its inception in 1989.
He also owns a movie production company, Oak Productions, Inc and Fitness Publications, a joint publishing venture he owns with Simon and Schuster.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Family and Love Life
Early in life, Arnold had met Barbara Outland, whom he lived with until 1974 when they separated.
He met his next lover, Sue Moray on Venice Beach in July 1977 which he had an open relationship with.
During his time with Moray, Arnold met and started dating television journalist, Maria Shriver, niece of President John F. Kennedy in August 1977.
He went on to date the two ladies until Moray issued an ultimatum.
Fast-forward to April 26, 1986, Arnold married Shriver in Hyannis, Massachusetts at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
The marriage gave rise to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sons and daughters, Katherine Schwarzenegger (1989), Christina Schwarzenegger (1991), Patrick Schwarzenegger (1993) and Christopher Schwarzenegger (1997).
All Arnold Schwarzenegger’s children were born in Los Angeles, and they live in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s house in Brentwood.
In 2011, after she discovered that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s maid, Patricia Baena had a son for the movie star, Shriver left the marriage.
This came after 25 years of marriage.
How Does Arnold Schwarzenegger Make His Money?
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s income and money come from various different angles.
With him being a former governor, a former professional bodybuilder, an actor, film producer and media person, it’s not strange that his money is coming in in millions.
As an investor with many investments to his name, his income and worth keep growing with the days.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Net Worth 2018
With all his channels of income, the former governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth is $300 million in 2018.
From nothing, in Austria, Arnold succeeded in growing into something, a governor with numerous investments, in America.
Determination and perseverance have been his key.
With his fighting spirit, finances and current acting career, surely, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth is predicted to keep on increasing.
As we await the next Terminator movie, we expect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film at old age.
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