Celebrity Then And Now
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Famous For: Bodybuilder, Terminator, Governor of CaliforniaCurrently Known For: Actor, producer, businessman
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Famous For Bodybuilder, Terminator, Governor of California
Currently Known For Actor, producer, businessman

"I'll be back." The career of Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most fascinating that you’ll ever see. Born in Austria, Schwarzenegger was very involved in athletics while growing up and then when he became a teenager, started to focus on bodybuilding. At the same time, he started to study psychology, claiming that there’s a strong link between psychology and weightlifting.

At the same time, Schwarzenegger was also becoming very interesting in film thanks to his father’s love of movies, and started to have aspirations of becoming an actor. Once he turned 18 years old, Schwarzenegger didn’t get the traditional college experience like those in other countries, having to serve in the Austrian Army for at least one year as required.

Schwarzenegger had to spend a short time in military prison because he disappeared to participate in a bodybuilding contest where he started to get some recognition. Schwarzenegger wouldn’t go to college after the military, instead looking to move to the United States with dreams of becoming a bodybuilder and famous actor.

One of those aspects of becoming an actor in the United States meant that he would have to learn English, so he started to take classes at Santa Monica College. From there, he would transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in both business administration and international fitness marketing.

Schwarzenegger would also be a student with the University of California, Los Angeles’s Extension program during the 1970s. When looking back at his time there, Schwarzenegger said that “I am one of the fortunate millions who have benefitted from the opportunities afforded by UCLA Extension … I knew that if I was going to be as successful in life as I wanted to be, I needed to develop my mind just as much as I was developing my body.”

While still in college and focusing as hard as he could on his studies, Schwarzenegger continued to participate in bodybuilding competitions where he would win the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest every year from 1970 to 1975, adding another win in 1980. It’s also the time when he started to get his start in films, including “Hercules in New York” and “The Long Goodbye”.

It wasn’t until after his Mr. Olympia wins and the documentary “Pumping Iron” that Schwarzenegger started to become a more well known name. His first major hit in film came in 1982 when he starred in “Conan the Barbarian”, adding other action films such as his most famous role in “Terminator” followed by “Commando” and “Predator”. Schwarzenegger would continue his massive success on the big screen for many years until he retired in 2004 and turned his attention on a new venture; politics.

Schwarzenegger announced in 2003 that he was going to be running for the open spot for the Governor of California despite not ever holding a public office and not many people knowing what he was about politically. That didn’t stop many Californians from voting for the charismatic actor, as he won the election with just under 49 percent of the vote, beating out Cruz Bustamante and Tom McClintock.

Schwarzenegger would hold the position as the Governor of California from November 2003 until January 2011 when he was succeeded by Jerry Brown. Schwarzenegger would return to acting afterward, appearing in films such as “The Expendables”, “Sabotage” and a new version of “The Terminator”. Between acting, bodybuilding and his business ventures, Schwarzenegger has been successful in every aspect of his life.

Among his business investments have included malls, restaurants (such as Hard Rock Cafe) and investing back into bodybuilding have made Schwarzenegger incredibly wealthy, estimating his net worth to be around the neighborhood of half a billion dollars. There have been claims that it’s as low as $400 million, and could be close to $1 billion according to some reports.

With all of his success, it’s pretty clear that Schwarzenegger is a very intelligent man. Reports have said that Schwarzenegger has an estimated IQ of 132, which would be well above average. In fact, that would be considered to be in the “gifted” level, putting him into the top two percent and qualifying him for membership in Mensa. Someone as driven as Schwarzenegger is typically intelligent, and he has capitalized on every opportunity that’s been made for himself.

Like we said, Schwarzenegger has one of the most interesting lives that anybody’s ever lived. From growing up in modest beginnings in Austria to become an international superstar that’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Schwarzenegger has done it all. His time as Governor of California might not be remember overly fondly by people from the state, but the fact that he was able to land the position in the first place is nothing short of fascinating.

Schwarzenegger continues to be a public figure that many flock to, and the list of accolades that he’s achieved thanks to his drive and intelligence is too long to list. The man has achieved more than most people could even dream about, and you’d have to be highly intelligent to earn these achievements.

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