Magnus Carlsen - Updated May 2024

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Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen is the second youngest chess grandmaster in history. Mostly considered a chess prodigy, Magnus Carlsen has many records in chess under his belt. Alongside, he is also the current world champion reigning since 2013. He is also an actor, entrepreneur, model, and social media star.

Early life

Magnus (birth name: Sven Magnus Oen Carlsen) was born on November 30, 1990, in Tonsberg, Norway, making him 33 years old as of today. His father Henrik Albert Carlsen was an IT consultant and his mother Sigrun Oen was a chemical engineer.

Among siblings, he doesn’t have any brothers but has three sisters: Ingrid Carlsen, Ellen Oen Carlsen, and Signe Carlsen. He follows Christianity. Along with it, he belongs to the white Caucasian ethnicity. He holds Sagittarius as a zodiac sign. He bears Norwegian nationality.

Magnus went to the local school for primary education while he was also coached at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport by the country’s top player, grandmaster Simen Agdestein.

Magnus was a genius from earlier life. He had a very good memory by which he had a very good I.Q. and could solve different kinds of puzzles easily. He was introduced initially to chess by his father.

The gifted memory and the commitment made him a formidable player later.

Magnus Carlsen – Body Measurements

Magnus stands 5 feet 7 inches taller and weighs 68 kg. His exact body measurement is 39-32-35. He has brown hair and a pair of brown eyes.

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Caption: Magnus Carlsen body measurement (Source:

Magnus Carlsen – Social Media

Magnus is active on social media through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook under his name. He has 589k followers on Instagram (magnus_carlsen). He is equally popular among the fans on Twitter with 523.7k followers with an account @MagnusCarlsen.

Magnus has a Facebook account with 636k followers. Moreover, he also has a YouTube channel registered as Magnus Carlsen with 576k subscribers.

Professional life

Magnus started off his career in chess quite early by participating in various national as well as international competitions. He famously came to the limelight when he defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov in the year 2004.

In the same year, he also became the world’s youngest grandmaster at that time by finishing second place in the Dubai Open Chess Championship. He was tagged with the title “Mozart of Chess”.

Magnus Carlsen

Caption: Magnus Carlsen during the game (source:


Magnus continued his mesmerizing journey and has been acknowledged with lots of awards. He has won Chess Oscars for five consecutive years from 2009 to 2013.

Along with it, he was honored as “Sportsman of the Year” in 2009 and he was also awarded the Peer Gynt Prize in 2011. Moreover, he has an Elo rating of 2882, which is the highest in history.

In 2013, Time magazine named Carlsen one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Magnus Carlsen – Net worth 2024

Magnus has also done modeling and acted in his biopic Magnus (2016). He has an estimated net worth of around $8 Million US dollars as of 2021.

Magnus Carlsen

Caption: Magnus Carlsen with winner trophy (Source: ABC)

Personal life

Magnus is still unmarried but has been reported to be dating a criminology student Elisabet Lorentzen Djonne since 2019. He does not have any children either. Earlier, he had also disclosed his relationship with Synn Christin Larsen in the year 2017 which lasted only a year.

Despite being active in social media, he has kept himself quite private.