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Max Markson has been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the biggest names in the past half-century.
Through both his publicity and philanthropic work, he has hosted the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George Bush senior, Al Gore, Pele and Joe Frazier.
But according to Markson, based on pure achievement, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the human being he admires the most.
"He's the most successful person of all time," he told Yahoo Finance editor-in-chief and host of The New Investors Sarah O'Carroll.
"Politicians are successful as politicians, sports people might be successful from their sport, business people might be successful in their business. But there's nobody who's been successful in sport, leading man in movies, and in politics," said Markson.
Schwarzenegger's resumé is undoubtedly impressive.
He was firstly a champion in the sport of bodybuilding. Then he gained international fame in the 1980s and 1990s as a film star. The 2000s saw him elected governor of California.
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Markson is especially impressed with Schwarzenegger's persistence and resilience during his early years in Hollywood.
"He got to Hollywood [and] they said, 'Look at the shape of your body. Maybe you could be a security guard or an army soldier.
"And listen to your accent, nobody with a German accent’s ever been a leading man in movies. And what's your name, Schwartz-a-schnitzel? How's that going to look on the poster?'"
Schwarzenegger dreamed big as a child growing up in Austria and, according to Markson, he had five ways of getting to his goals.
"Have a vision. So for him he wanted to be a bodybuilder and a movie star when he was a kid. Then think big. Not just anybody, but he want to be the best bodybuilder in the world. And he wanted to be a leading man in movies. Third one, don't listen to the naysayers," Markson said.
"And then the fourth tip was his work. Work your ass off. Work really hard. And the fifth was give back."
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