Arnold Schwarzenegger - Governors Salary "$187,000 a year and it was petty cash"25 January 2013
Governors Salary "$187,000 a year and it was petty cash"
It's clear now that action movie hero Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't go into politics for the money, rather the honour of it. The former Governor of California has revealed that the job's pay-packet was derisory, and he just gave it back, STV report.
"I made this always very clear from the beginning, when I got into the governorship, that I'm not trying to become a career politician," he said. "I mean I just thought that California was in a crisis and I felt that since California and America has given me everything... that I should take seven years out of my life and be a public servant and serve the people of California regardless of the lack of pay," he continued, before labelling the wage as "petty cash". "I gave the money back as a matter of fact, because it was like $187,000 a year," he said, "and it was petty cash, I mean, for me. So I said 'give it back to the state' and I wanted to do it for free, I didn't want any money because it was an honour for me to do the job."
Arnie has some pretty funny view on money, He's been quoted by The Guardian as having said: "Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50m, but I was just as happy when I had $48m."
Check out the trailer for Arnie's new film, The Last Stand, below: