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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura Net Worth 2022: Who’s Wealthier?

Published 04/08/2022, 9:15 AM EDT

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Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura are the two prominent names in the chess world. While Magnus holds the title of the greatest chess Grand Master of all time, Hikaru is the most popular chess streamer ever. Hence, the fans are always curious to know which of these two Grand Masters makes more money.

While Magnus has completely dominated Hikaru Nakamura in the classical games, the American Grand Master’s Rapid and Blitz game is very impressive. In fact, Hikaru is currently the highest-rated Blitz chess player in the world. Furthermore, many are even considering him to be the next challenger for the world chess championship in 2023.


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Is Hikaru Nakamura richer than Magnus Carlsen?

As of 2022, world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. On the other hand, several other sources claim that Hikaru’s net worth is also somewhere around a similar number as Carlsen. Given that the Norwegian Grand Master has won far more tournaments and titles than his American rival, the number doesn’t add up.

Also, Magnus has a couple of million-dollar deals with sports giants like Puma and Unibet. The World No. 1 even owns the Play Magnus app.


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In comparison to Carlsen, Hikaru is the most popular chess streamer on twitch with 1.4 million followers. His online presence is certainly impressive, but all his sponsorship deals and earnings don’t prove that he has more money than the world champion. However, as per Net Worth Planet, Hikaru’s net worth in 2022 is estimated to be $50 Million.


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Who will be the next world championship challenger?

The seven players for the Candidate’s Tournament have been selected already and Chinese Grand Master Ding Liren will probably fill the one seat that remains. However, before the tournament starts in June, many are rooting for Hikaru to be the next challenger for the world chess championship in 2023. He won the first leg of the FIDE Grand Prix in Berlin this year and later he qualified for the Candidate’s Tournament along with Richard Rapport.


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The American Grand Master has a pretty great record against the other players who’ll be competing in the tournament. Although in chess nothing is for sure until the end and everything can change with one simple move on the board.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

Edited By: Melroy Fernandes