I’m no George Clooney, insists central bank star Carney

THE GOVERNOR of the Bank of England has laughed off suggestions that he is “the George Clooney of finance” and insisted that he understands the realities of ordinary people’s lives.

Mark Carney

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Mr Carney brushed aside the tabloid’s description of him as “a dishy guy with a suave manner and a nicely cut suit - a rock star central banker”.

He joked: “The key words there are ‘central banker’. If I am a rock star, where are the groupies?”

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Mr Carney, a former Goldman Sachs partner who earns nearly £1m a year at the Bank of England, said: “I come from a simple, humble background. I built up big debts to get through university. And I have a lot of friends and family in the UK. I saw how difficult life was in the 1980s. I know people from many walks of life.”

Asked how much a pint of milk costs, he said: “£1 for four pints at the moment. It’s cheap.” Asked how much money he had in his wallet, he said £20 - without checking.

Mr Carney vowed to end “that heads-I-win, tails-you-lose” culture in the City of London. “I work for the British people, not the bankers,” he said.