Bobby Fischer Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Bobby Fischer Net Worth 

Bobby Fischer had an estimated net worth of $2 million at his death. Bobby Fischer was a record-setting chess master who became the youngest player to win the U.S. Chess Championship at 14, and the first American-born player to win the World Chess Championship. He earned most of his income from his career as a chess player. 

Bobby Fischer began playing chess at the age of six and went on to become the youngest international grandmaster at the age of fifteen. He was said to have an IQ of 181. After defeating Boris Spassky in 1972, he became the first American-born world chess champion. Fischer, an eccentric genius with an I.Q. of 181, became known in his later years for his controversial public remarks. Following legal issues with the United States, he was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005.

To calculate the net worth of Bobby Fischer, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Bobby Fischer
Net Worth: $2 Million
Monthly Salary: $20 Thousand
Annual Income: $400 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Chess player

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Early Life

Robert James Fischer was born on March 9, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. Fischer’s parents divorced when he was a toddler, and he began playing chess when he was six years old, after his older sister Joan bought him a chess set. As a child, he continued to hone his skills at the Brooklyn Chess Club and the Manhattan Chess Club. Fischer had a strained relationship with his mother, who encouraged him to play chess but preferred that he pursue other interests.

Fischer, a brilliant, highly competitive player who lost himself in the game, made history at the age of 14 when he became the youngest player to win the United States Chess Championship. Then, in 1958, at the age of 15, he became the world’s youngest international grandmaster by finishing sixth in a tournament in Portoroz, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia).

Match of the Century

During the early 1960s, Fischer continued to participate in US and world championship matches while also establishing a reputation for his erratic, paranoid commentary. After a 20-game winning streak in the early 1970s, Fischer made chess history again in 1972 when he defeated the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky at the world championships in Reykjavik, Iceland, the first time an American chess player had won the title.

In the midst of the Cold War, Fischer’s victory over a Soviet opponent became known as the “Match of the Century,” and was seen as a symbolic victory of democracy over Communism. Fischer’s historic victory also helped to popularize chess in the United States.

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Controversial Figure

Despite his worldwide popularity, Fischer’s questionable behavior continued to make headlines. In the mid-1970s, he refused to play the challenger to his title, Anatoly Karpov, and was thus stripped of his title by the International Chess Federation. Fischer was reportedly homeless in the Los Angeles area for a time before becoming involved with a fringe church. Despite the fact that his mother was Jewish, he became known for making anti-Semitic remarks.

On the 20th anniversary of the famous Fischer/Spassky game, the two met again in 1992 for a $5 million rematch in Yugoslavia, despite the fact that American citizens were not permitted to travel to the country at the time. Fischer continued to live abroad for several years to avoid facing criminal charges in the United States, during which time he continued his anti-Semitic rants and celebrated the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center on a radio broadcast.

Fischer was arrested at a Japanese airport in July 2004 for attempting to leave the country with an invalid passport, and he was imprisoned for several months. Iceland eventually granted him citizenship, and he relocated there in 2005.


Fischer died of kidney failure on January 17, 2008, in Reykjavík, Iceland. 

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Personal Life

Miyoko Watai, a Japanese women’s chess champion and general secretary of the Japanese Chess Federation, claimed that she had married Fischer in 2004, although the validity of their marriage was questioned. Another woman claimed that she had a daughter with Fischer. His body was exhumed to be DNA tested, and the claim of paternity was found to be false. In 2011, an Icelandic court ruled that Watai was Fischer’s widow and the sole heir to his estate. 

Books and Films on Fischer’s Life

Several books and films have been made about Fischer’s life and career. Fischer himself published works like Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess (1966) and My 60 Memorable Games (1969), while biographies on the icon include Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall… by Frank Brady (2011), Fischer’s childhood friend. The documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World, directed by Liz Garbus, was released in 2011. 

Pawn Sacrifice, a film that focuses on Fischer’s chess matches and the psychology of his troubled genius, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014 and was released in U.S. theaters a year later. Directed by Edward Zwick, actor Tobey Maguire played the role of Fischer, with Liev Schreiber portraying Spassky.

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