Arnie was destined to be rich

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Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to make "millions of dollars" when he was a child.

The 65-year-old action star had an impoverished upbringing in a small town in Austria, but never let that restrict his ambitions of wanting to be rich and drive fast cars.

He said: "I said, 'I want to make millions of dollars' and I didn't pay much attention to the fact that it's very rare that people actually do those things.

"Things don't happen by accident; they happen because you are totally determined and believe in your fate.

"It's a spiritual thing. I wanted to be rich and have the fastest car and things like that. In the end it's nonsense, but when I was young they were things to shoot for."

The 'Last Stand' star - who has children Katherine, 23, Christina, 21, Patrick, 19, and 15-year-old Christopher with estranged wife Maria Shriver, as well as 14-year-old Joseph with former maid Mildred Baena - insists he never even thought about the difficulties he faced with his upbringing because hew as always focused on his goals.

He added in an interview with Live magazine: "I never really thought about [the poverty]. When I finished with bodybuilding, I said, 'OK, now I want to be a leading man in Hollywood'.

"As a kid you don't notice it, but when you think back those were tough times.

"There was no food around; my mother had to go begging for food from farm to farm and come back with maybe a little bit of butter and some sugar."


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