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?”
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.