Magnus Carsen Bio: Age, Early Life,  Personal Life,  Net Worth, and  Career

Who is Magnus Carsen?

Magnus Carsen is a Norwegian National who is a renowned chess grandmaster. He is a two-time World Rapid Chess Champion and World Blitz Chess Champion.

Early Life 

Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen was born to Sigrun Øen and Henrik Albert Carlsen on 30th November 1990 in Vestfold, Norway.

Both his parents are engineers and he had a decent upbringing. The Norwegian started his high intellect at the age of two. He reportedly was able to solve a 50-piece puzzle without help,  and at the age of four,  could arrange Lego sets.

He began to learn Chess from his father at the age of five, and he entered the Norwegian Chess Championship at the age of eight.

Carlsen spent time in Finland and Belgium before he returned to Norway.

Years later, he enrolled at the Norwegian College of Elite Sports, under the tutelage of Grandmaster Simeon Agdestein. Between 2000 and 2002, Carlsen participated in around 300 top-class tournaments.

Chess Breakthrough 

After his formative years, he competed and finished in sixth place at the U-12 European Championship. At age 13, Carlsen gained more prominence by winning the 2004 Corey’s Chess Tournament in the Netherlands.

Following that win, Carlsen got his first GM norm, and a second one followed in quick succession at the Moscow Aeroflot Open. He finished in a joint first position with Berge Østenstad in the Norwegian Championship, but Østenstad was declared champion due to better tiebreaks.

In 2005, Carlsen was in the same situation again, but this time with Simen Agdestein. But he had to wait another year before he eventually won his first Norwegian title. In 2009, he won the London Chess Classic and that propelled him to the top of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings.

In 2010, the Norwegian claimed the Corus Chess tournament and the London Classic. A year later, he took the Bazna Kings Tourney, and the Bill Grandmaster tournament, as well as Tal Memorial Tournament.

Two years on, Carlsen added more feathers to his cap by winning the Grand Slam Chess Final, plus the London Classic, which made his ratings increase significantly.

That feat made him eclipse the previous points record of 2851 held by Gary Kasparov with his 2861 points haul.

World Champion Feat

Magnus Carsen became World Chess Champion in 2013, after he saw off Indian, Viswanathan Anand. The following year, he took the FIDE World Rapid Championship as well as the World Blitz Championship. He also defended his world title by beating Anand in a repeat of the 2013 finals.

He became the first player ever to defend his FIDE World Rapid Championships, along with winning a host of other competitions like the Grenke Chess Classic, and Tata Steel Chess Tournament, but he did lose his World Blitz title to Alexander Grischuk.

Magnus Carlson Endorsements 

Carlsen’s success as a chess player opened a lot of doors for him. He became highly sought after due to his chess prowess.

Many companies like G-Star Raw had business dealings with the Norwegian star to further propagate their brand.

British sports betting giants which have an active presence in the United States also brought him on board as a brand ambassador.

The Chess superstar was part of numerous campaigns to help bolster the reputation and the reach of Unibet in states where they are active.

 As part of the deal with Unibet, the Norwegian has been instrumental in promoting the new customer sign up bonus offer of the betting company far and wide.

The Unibet bonus is a really nice offer for new players in states where they are active, and quite a lot of American bettors have keyed into this offer, albeit the offer is still open to new customers, who are looking to sign up with the Sportsbook.

For instance, residents of Arizona can claim the Unibet Arizona bonus when they sign up on Unibet within the Arizona state lines. 


The illustrious Norwegian is estimated to be worth around $50 million as of 2023. His income is from Prizes from winning Chess tournaments and endorsements from various brands.

Personal Life

Magnus Carlsen is unmarried, but he is engaged to Elisabeth Lorentzen Djnne. The couple do not have children.


Magnus Carlsen has established himself as one of the greatest chess players ever and he is an inspiration to many aspiring chess players across the world.