Viswanathan Anand net worth: How much has the Indian chess superstar earned?

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news


As a former world champion who is still going strong, Viswanathan Anand net worth will undoubtedly be one of the highest in the game.

Born in 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India, Viswanathan – or Vishy – Anand grew up in Chennai. By the age of 16, he was a national champion and went on to win it two times.

Viswanathan Anand net worth: Vishy’s fortune will be boosted by appearances in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour

In 1987 he became the first Indian to be crowned World Junior Champion and then in 2000 the first Indian to be crowned world champion.

Anand held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002 and became the undisputed World Chess Champion in 2007. He defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008, Veselin Topalov in 2010 and Boris Gelfand in 2012 before finally losing the title to Magnus Carlsen in their World Chess Championship match in 2013.

Vishy Anand net worth estimates

Few doubt the 49-year-old is his country’s greatest ever player, in a game India invented, and considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time.

So it is no wonder his career earnings through prize money, promotional work and sponsorships have amassed him an estimated $5 million to $7 million fortune.

But it is not just cash that Anand has earned.

India has recognized him with numerous honors, including giving him their highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

As a snapshot to how much the chess superstar is worth, research carried out by Chessbase in 2013 found that in the previous year
the Viswanathan Anand net worth fund made around about $2 million.

He made most of that – $1.5 million – in the world championship match against Boris Gelfand.

Here is the break-down:

Viswanathan Anand prize money in 2013 (estimate): $2,000,000

  • Bundesliga: unknown
  • World Chess Championship Match, winner: $1,530,000
  • Award from Tamil Nadu government for winning the WCC: $400,000
  • Bilbao Chess Masters Final, 5: unknown. In 2008 the prizes were the following: €150,000 for the first place, €70,000 for the second one, €60,000 for third, €50,000 for fourth, €40,000 for fifth and €30,000 for sixth. Prizes were reduced considerably in 2012 though.
  • London Chess Classic, 5th: $14,500 (information about best games prizes wasn’t available)
  • Endorsements: NIIT, TVH, AMD (earnings unknown).

Vishy Anand has also been invited to play in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour and stands to make a guaranteed amount which has not yet been disclosed.

Tour participants will fight for a record prize fund of $1.75 million as the GCT expands its reach to four continents to include tournaments in Africa, Asia, Europe and America.

The prize money on offer for the classical tournaments has been increased to $325,000 per event ($90,000 for 1st place and $60,000 for 2nd) while the prize fund for the GCT Finals in London will also be raised to $350,000 ($150,000 for 1st place and $100,000 for 2nd).