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Politics cost me money: Arnold Schwarzenegger

London, Jan 1, 2014 (PTI):
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Reuters

Action star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger says he lost out on millions of dollars when he was the Governor of California.

The 66-year-old Austrian actor took a seven-year break from acting to pursue his political dreams and while he loved being able to give something back to the people of America, he says it wasn't great for him financially, reported Contactmusic.

"I always saw my movie career as ongoing. I stepped out for seven years to be Governor of California but I was never trying to be a career politician who runs for Congress and the Senate. I just felt since America has given me every opportunity to achieve in life. I should take time out to serve the people regardless of the lack of pay. I gave the money back, as a matter of fact," Schwarzenegger said.


"It was around USD 187,000 a year, which is petty cash... for me! I lost out on earning tens of millions of dollars and it also cost me - political campaigns are expensive - but none of that mattered. I wanted to help the people. It was the most educational thing I've ever done," he added.

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