Viswanathan Anand Net Worth: Book & Endorsements

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An Indian inspirational figure and one of the greatest chess players, Viswanathan Anand, has a net worth of $3 million.

The chess champion was born on 11th December 1969 to a housewife and a retired manager of the South-Indian railway.

To date, his family lives in Mayiladuthurai, Tamilnadu, India, where he was born. His interest in chess grew when he was 6 years old.

Perhaps, Anand was guided by his parents and siblings. Later in 1991, when he was 18, the Indian chess player won his first tournament and became India’s first-ever gold medalist in chess. Hence, paving the way for his professional career.

Now, his name comes in the list of most successful chess players. Aside from chess, Anand currently works for the promotion of various companies.

Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand is the Indian Chess Player

Moreover, the chess player also inspires young minds and helps train the next generation by inviting them to play chess with him.    

In this article, you can find information about Viswanathan Anand’s net worth.

Furthermore, shining a light on areas like his endorsements, income sources, book publications, houses, cars, and many more. 

Firstly, to begin with, we will be looking at the table below. 

Quick Facts

Full Name Viswanathan Anand
Nick Name Vishy Anand, Lightning kid, Tiger of Madras
Date Of Birth 11 December 1969
Birth Place Mayiladuthurai, India
Age 54 years old
Gender Male
Sexual Orientation Straight
Height 5’9” (1.75 m)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Horoscope Sagittarius
Religion Hinduism
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity South-East Asian
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Skin Color Dark
Tattoos N/A
Marital Status Married
Wife Aruna Anand
Kids One son, Ankil
Father’s Name Krishnamurthy Viswanathan
Mother’s Name Sushila Viswanathan
Siblings One sister, Anuradha, and one brother, Shiva Kumar
High School Don Bosco Matriculation High School
High School Records N/A
Name of College
  • Loyola College, Chennai
  • University of Hyderabad
College Records N/A
Profession Chess Player
Active from 1984–present
Position N/A
Current Team N/A
Former Team N/A
Rank  5th
Net Worth $3 million
Salary Up to $1.5 million (Prize money)
Endorsements TVH, NIIT, AMD, Vidyasagar, and Parle-G
Foundation N/A
Social Media Twitter, Facebook
Merch Mind Master(Book), Signed Photo
Last Update May, 2024

Viswanathan Anand Net Worth and Endorsement

The brilliant mind Anand earns mostly from his career as a chess player. He mostly receives a huge sum of money as an award for winning the tournaments.

He made $1.5 million for winning against Boris Gelfand during the world championship match to give you an idea.

Further, he has also received $400k for winning the world chess championships from the government.

Similarly, he has received several times, receiving prizes cash, and awards ranging from $2k to $14k.

Currently, Anand is working as a brand ambassador with TVH, a real estate developing company. Hence, this deal was signed in 2012.

Likewise, he is also working as a brand ambassador for an IT company called NIIT. Moreover, Anand also endorses AMD, Vidyasagar, and Parle-G Milk Shakti.

Thus, through all these awards and deals, it is estimated that the net worth of the champion is $3 million.

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Net Worth of Viswanathan Anand in different currencies 

Let’s have a look into Viswanathan Anand’s net worth in different currencies, including the cryptocurrency BitCoin.

Net Worth  Currency 
2,520,900 Euro
£2,166,195 Pound Sterling
A$3,988,302 Australian Dollar
C$3,718,050 Canadian Dollar
222,840,000 Indian Rupee
฿86.29665 BitCoin

Viswanathan Anand Net Worth: House and Cars

Viswanathan Anand owns a house in his birthplace of Mayiladuthurai, Tamilnadu, India. There, he lives with his mother, wife, and son.

Similarly, the modern, spacious house with tiles and a wooden interior is well decorated with luxurious decorations and furniture.

Viswanathan Anand with his wife
Anand with his wife

All his trophies are on display near the table where he plays matches and trains the young ones. A few months ago, the Anand family went on a complete quarantine as a caution to COVID-19.

However, due to frequent tournaments and international events, he also spends some of his days living in Spain.

Unfortunately, more information about his house is not present. However, as of 2019 reports, we know that he owns a BMW and a Range Rover.

Viswanathan Anand Net Worth: Lifestyle

Just as everyone else, the tiger of Madras enjoys spending his off-days and keeping him occupied by his hobbies. Firstly, he enjoys swimming, listening to music, and reading books.

Sometimes, he loves participating in family get-togethers or other family occasions.

Other days, Anand also invites the young minds to his place and guides them with chess or to have a match with them.

However, two things he completely wants to avoid are the political and psychological issues surrounding society.

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Once, during an interview, Anand stated that he and his wife do at least three vacations a year, two short vacations, and one big vacation.

Likewise, the couple loves having an adventure like their safari in Kenya and South Africa, enjoying the food and culture of Mexico.

Viswanathan Anand Net Worth: Charity

During the 2020 global pandemic, to raise donations for the needy ones, the grandmaster participated in an online chess match with others.

Although charity was raised, the event did not go as planned as the other competitors, Nikhil Kamath; an entrepreneur was cheating.

Furthermore, Anand has also been playing other charity matches. Previously, Vishy participated in an online event called Chess for Charity.

Also, the fund raised during the match between him and Yuzvendra Chahal was used to support the waste-pickers community. The areas were New Seemapuri, Jahangirpuri, and other areas of Delhi. 

Chess for Charity
Chess for Charity

Moreover, comedians and chess players like Vidith Gujrathi, Tanmay Bhat, Biswa K Rath, and others. 

Lastly, on 13th June 2021, he had a match with the well-known celebrity Amir Khan.

Likewise, the donations raised from this event were utilized to help those suffering from COVID-19 in the second wave of India.

Viswanathan Anand: Movies and Book Publications

Anand has been an occasional actor since his first appearance in the 2008 TV Show “Menschen der Woche.” Further, he has also been in a 2016 documentary with Magnus Carlsen titled ‘Magnus.’

Moreover, Vishy has played his role in other documentaries like ‘Album 61‘ and ‘Closing Gamit: 1978 Korchnoi versus Karpov and the Kremlin.’

Vishwanathan Anand playing chess
Album 61

The talented grandmaster is also known to be a good writer. To clarify, he has written some of the best books regarding his games and great lessons.

For instance, some of the books are “Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life” and “Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess.”

The book is based on the experience he had in the game of Chess. Vishy looks back on a lifetime of games, opponents, and situations overcome in this book and extract significant tools from its depths that will assist every reader through life’s challenges. 

Furthermore, in “Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess,” Anand explained the tools and tactics, basically the secret of his best games so far. Moreover, he further gives a detailed commentary on 57 of his best games. 

Lastly, he also contributes to the book titled “Bobby Fischer Comes Home: The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions.”

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Viswanathan Anand: Career

Known as “The Tiger of Madras” for his unrivaled skills in chess, Anand has been an inspirational figure for thousands. His journey began in 1984; during the Asian Junior Championship, he was the winner of the match.

Later in 1988, with mere hard work and perseverance, Anand achieved the title of grandmaster and became the first Indian grandmaster. 

Likewise, Anand got the nickname “Lightning Kid” during his early career in the 1980s because of his lightning-quick playing pace.

Since then, he has evolved into a global player, and many believe him to be the best fast chess player of his generation.

In 2003 and 2017, he won the FIDE World Quick Chess Championship, the World Blitz Cup in 2000, and a slew of additional top-level rapid and blitz tournaments.

Furthermore, he also began taking part in other events like Chess Olympiad, Junior championship, and national as well as world Chess Championships.

During his career, Anand held the world champion title five times and won the World Rapid Chess Championship twice.

Awards and Achievements 

The Indian Grandmaster is a receiver of many prestigious international and national awards. 

Some of the awards are listed below. 

  • 1985 – Arjuna Award 
  • 1987 –  Padma Shri ( 4th highest Indian civilian award ), National Citizens Award & Soviet Land Nehru Award 
  • 1991 – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 
  • 1995 – Sportstar Best Sportsperson of the Year 
  • 1997 – Chess Oscar
  • 1998 – Book of the Year award by British Chess Federation for “My Best Games of Chess,” Chess Oscar, Sportstar Millennium Award (India’s Premier Sports Magazine)
  • 2000 – Padma Bhushan 
  • 2003 – Chess Oscar
  • 2004 – Chess Oscar
  • 2007 – Padma Vibhusan, Chess Oscar 
  • 2008 – Chess Oscar
  • 2011 – Global Strategist Award by NASSCOM

Hence, these were some of the awards and recognitions Viswanathan Anand has achieved to date. 

3 Facts About Viswanathan Anand

  • Anand loves cricket; specifically speaking, he is a fan of Kohli.
  • Vishy also learned to play chess from his mother, Sushila Anand.
  • He is the first-ever sportsperson to receive the Padma Vibhushan.


  • “If revenge motivates you, go for it! But the main thing is to set your game in order.”
  • “For me, each game is a new challenge, which has to be dealt with rationally and systematically. At that time, every other thought fades into oblivion.”
  • “Sometimes an opponent stops breathing, and you realize something drastic has happened and they are trying not to let on. Or they go quiet, or they get fidgety. After a while, you pick these things up and become more alert to them.”

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Are Viswanathan and Magnus Carlsen friends? 

The fans were inquisitive to know whether the two champions are friends or not. Well, it is well stated that Carlsen and Viswanathan are excellent friends. 

What are Viswanathan’s current ratings and ranks? 

Currently, Anand ranks #16 in June 2021. 

Then in 2007 and 2008, he had maintained the #1 position in the ‘Top 100 chess players in the world.’

Pema Sherpa
Pema Sherpa
Pema Sherpa is a content writer for the player's bio. Apart from writing, she shares a keen interest in music, reading, learning languages, and traveling.

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