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Sir Michael Caine on Brexit: 'I'd Rather Be a Poor Master of My Fate' Than a Slave to EU Bureaucrats

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | October 19, 2018 | 5:42 PM EDT

Sir Michael Caine.
(Getty Images.) 

Sir Michael Caine, the iconic British actor who has a net worth of $78 million, said he strongly supports Brexit -- the plan for England to leave the European Union (EU) next year -- and stressed that he doesn't listen to the liberal pundits who claim that Brexit will make people poorer and added that it is better to be "a poor master of my fate" than to rely on a stranger to supposedly make "me rich by running it."

"I don't listen to all these pundits," said Caine on the Oct. 18 broadcast of BBC Radio 4 Today. "I'm a Brexiteer myself. Certainly."

 

He continued, "People say, 'Oh, you'll be poor, you'll be this, you'll be that.'"

"I say I'd rather be a poor master of my fate than having someone I don't know making me rich by running it," said Caine, who is married and has two children and three grandchildren.

Caine, 85, has acted in more than 125 films, including The Dark Knight trilogy, Goldmember, Hannah and Her Sisters, A Bridge Too Far, and Zulu. Seventy-three films he starred in have grossed more than $8.3 billion worldwide, according to The-numbers.com. Caine was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two of them. 

 

Sir Michael Caine. (Getty Images.) 

Caine supports the Conservative Party in England. In the late 1970s, Caine moved to the United States because of the then-oppressive taxes in England. 

As he told the Essex Chronicle in 2009, "I realised that's not a socialist country [Britain], it's a communist country without a dictator, so I left and I was never going to come back.

"Maggie Thatcher came in and put the taxes back down and in the end, you know, you don't mind paying tax. What am I going to do? Not pay tax and drive around in a Rolls Royce, with cripples begging on the street like you see in some countries?"


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman