Arnold Schwarzenegger - Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious childhood
Arnold Schwarzenegger never let his impoverished childhood stand in the way of his ambitions to be rich and successful.
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.''