Just who is Elin Nordegren? We have 20 facts you didn't know about Tiger Woods' very private wife.

Who Is Elin Nordegren?

Elin Nordegren

Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren was born on New Year’s Day in 1980.

Elin Nordegren

Elin was born and raised in Sweden.

Elin Nordegren

Elin is a former swimsuit model.

Elin Nordegren

According to Golf.com, Jesper Parnevik’s wife, Mia, hired Nordegren in 2001 to work as one of her nannies — and later served as something of a matchmaker for Woods and Nordegren.

Elin Nordegren

Elin was born 10 minutes ahead of her identical twin, Josefine.

Elin Nordegren

Elin also has an older brother named Axel.

Elin Nordegren

Elin grew up in a small town 50 miles north of Stockholm.

Elin Nordegren

Her parents, Thomas Nordegren and Barbro Holmberg, divorced when Elin was six years old.

Elin Nordegren

Elin’s Mother is a Minister for Migration with the Swedish government.

Elin Nordegren

Elin’s father, Thomas Nordegren, has been one of Sweden’s leading journalists. Presently based in Washington, D.C., he’s a White House correspondent for Swedish Broadcasting.

Elin Nordegren

Elin and her twin sister attended Sweden’s prestigious John F. Kennedy School.

Elin Nordegren

The girls did not lead a life of luxury. “Elin and Josefine had to find jobs every summer to buy what they wanted,” her father told Britain’s Sunday Mirror in 2002. “They worked as cashiers in the supermarket to finance their studies and held other odd jobs.”

Elin Nordegren

One of Sweden’s leading fashion photographers, Bingo Rimer, ran across a candid photo of her and immediately recognized her star quality. Rimer looked up Nordegren’s phone number and talked her into a couple of photo shoots, which took place in early 2000.

Elin Nordegren

Nordegren landed on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in the summer of 2000.

Elin Nordegren

Instead of pursuing modeling full time, Elin and Josefine enrolled at Lund University, one of the top colleges in Sweden.

Elin Nordegren

Elin was working at the clothing boutique Champagne, in Stockholm, where she met Mia Parnevik, and was offered a job a Mia’s family nanny.

Elin Nordegren

According to golf.com, “She had no interest in golf or golfers,” says Mia. “She thought they were so silly and was always making fun of them.”

Elin Nordegren

Elin was a competitive soccer player well into her teens.

Elin Nordegren

Elin and Tiger have two children together. Son Charlie Axel and daughter Sam Alexis.

Elin Nordegren

Tiger and Elin Nordegren were married October 5, 2004 on the island of Barbados. It was a lavish yet intimate affair, and they tried desperately to keep it private.

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