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Entrepreneur amongst many others, Arnold Swarzenegger

Entrepreneur amongst many others, Arnold Swarzenegger
November 22
07:51 2014

Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian Army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required at the time of all 18-year-old Austrian males. During his army service, he won the Junior Mr. Europe contest He went AWOL during basic training so he could take part in the competition and spent a week in military prison: “Participating in the competition meant so much to me that I didn’t carefully think through the consequences.” He won another bodybuilding contest in Graz, at Steirer Hof Hotel (where he had placed second). He was voted best built man of Europe, which made him famous. “The Mr. Universe title was my ticket to America – the land of opportunity, where I could become a star and get rich. Schwarzenegger made his first plane trip in 1966, attending the NABBA Mr. Universe competition in London.He would come in second in the Mr. Universe competition, not having the muscle definition of American winner Chester Yorton.

Schwarzenegger’s goal was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world, which meant becoming Mr. Olympia His first attempt was in 1969, when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva. However, Schwarzenegger came back in 1970 and won the competition, making him the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23, a record he still holds to this day.

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He continued his winning streak in the 1971–74 competition In 1975, Schwarzenegger was once again in top form, and won the title for the sixth consecutive time. beating Franco Columbu. After the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest, Schwarzenegger announced his retirement from professional bodybuilding.

Months before the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest, filmmakers George Butler and Robert Fiore persuaded Schwarzenegger to compete, in order to film his training in the bodybuilding documentary called Pumpin Iron. Schwarzenegger had only three months to prepare for the competition, after losing significant weight to appear in the film Stay Hungry with Jeff Bridges. Lou Ferrigno proved not to be a threat, and a lighter-than-usual Schwarzenegger convincingly won the 1975 Mr. Olympia

Year Award Location
1965 Junior Mr. Europe Germany
1966 Best Built Man of Europe Germany
1966 Mr. Europe Germany
1966 International Powerlifting Championship Germany
1966 NABBA Mr. Universe amateur London
1967 NABBA Mr. Universe amateur London
1968 NABBA Mr. Universe professional London
1968 German Powerlifting Championship Germany
1968 IFBB Mr. International Mexico
1968 IFBB Mr. Universe Florida
1969 IFBB Mr. Universe New York
1969 NABBA Mr. Universe professional London
1969 Mr. Olympia New York
1970 NABBA Mr. Universe professional London
1970 Mr. World Columbus, Ohio
1970 Mr. Olympia New York
1971 Mr. Olympia Paris
1972 Mr. Olympia Essen, Germany
1973 Mr. Olympia New York
1974 Mr. Olympia New York
1975 Mr. Olympia Pretoria, South Africa
1980 Mr. Olympia Sydney, Australia

 

Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit.This was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer, in 1984, although it was not as successful as its predecessor. In 1983, Schwarzenegger starred in the promotional video, Carnival in Rio. In 1984, he made his first appearance as the eponymous character, and what some would say was his acting career’s signature role, in James Cameron’s science fiction thriller film The Terminator Following this, Schwarzenegger made Red Sonja in 1985.

During the 1980s, audiences had an appetite for action films, with both Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone becoming international stars.Schwarzenegger’s roles reflected his sense of humor, separating him from more serious action hero films, such as the alternative universe poster for Terminator 2: Judgment Day starring Stallone in the comedy thriller Last Action Hero. He made a number of successful films, such as Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), and Red Heat (1988).

Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy in the 2003 California recall election for Governor of California on the August 6, 2003 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Schwarzenegger had the most name recognition in a crowded field of candidates, but he had never held public office and his political views were unknown to most Californians. His candidacy immediately became national and international news, with media outlets dubbing him the “Governator” (referring to The Terminator movies, see above) and “The Running Man” (the name of another one of his films), and calling the recall election “Total Recall” (yet another movie starring Schwarzenegger). Schwarzenegger declined to participate in several debates with other recall replacement candidates, and appeared in only one debate on September 24, 2003.

 

President George W. Bush meets with Schwarzenegger after his successful election to the California Governorship

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Business ventures and investments

Bricklaying business

In 1968, Schwarzenegger and fellow bodybuilder Franco Columbu started a bricklaying business. The business flourished thanks to the pair’s marketing savvy and an increased demand following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake Schwarzenegger and Columbu used profits from their bricklaying venture to start a mail order business, selling bodybuilding and fitness-related equipment and instructional tapes.

Real estate investing

Schwarzenegger rolled profits from the mail order business and his bodybuilding competition winnings into his first real estate investment venture: an apartment building he purchased for $10,000. He would later go on to invest in a number of real estate holding companies.

Restaurant

In 1992, Schwarzenegger and his wife opened a restaurant in Santa Monica called Schatzi On Main. Schatzi literally means “little treasure,” colloquial for “honey” or “darling” in German. In 1998, he sold his restaurant. He also invested in a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio. He has talked about some of those who have helped him over the years in business: “I couldn’t have learned about business without a parade of teachers guiding me… from Milton Friedman to Donald Trump… and now, Les Wexner and Warren Buffett. I even learned a thing or two from Planet Hollywood, such as when to get out! And I did!” He has significant ownership in Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment firm. Schwarzenegger is also the owner of Arnold’s Sports Festival, which he started in 1989 and is held annually in Columbus, Ohio. It is a festival that hosts thousands of international health and fitness professionals which has also expanded into a three-day expo. He also owns a movie production company called Oak Productions, Inc. and Fitness Publications, a joint publishing venture with Simon & Schuster.

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  1. punanihunter
    punanihunter Author November 26, 10:34

    he is the king!

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