Snooker's ultimate rich list as Kyren Wilson banks £500,000 for Crucible victory (2024)

Kyren Wilson now sits at the table of World Snooker Champions - but he's not quite on the sport's rich list.

Wilson, 32, won his first World Snooker Championship by overcoming Jak Jones in a tense final at The Crucible. His first title in Sheffield initially looked to be a procession, after he roared into a 7-0 lead over the Welsh qualifier.

Things continued to look comfortable when he headed into the concluding session with a 15-10 lead. Yet, Jones refused to go away and after Wilson got into a 17-11 lead, the Welshman won three consecutive frames to force a nervous finish.

Eventually, Wilson managed to hold his nerve to secure an 18-14 victory, walking away from Sheffield with his first world title and a prize of £500,000. As Wilson admires the biggest prize of his career to date, Mirror Sport has a look at snooker's rich list.

Ronnie O'Sullivan - £32m

After winning the UK Championship, Ronnie O'Sullivan was seen at a bus stop with a lit cigarette in his mouth. Yet, The Rocket could buy a fleet of buses if he wanted to, such is his enormous net worth.

As well as amassing an estimated £13.9m in prize money - including £876,000 last season alone - he has also made a fortune in other ventures. O'Sullivan has also published three novels, three autobiographies and even a cook book.

Despite being known as one of snooker's greatest mavericks, O'Sullivan does not go round flashing his cash on super cars or expensive clothes. He has previously owned two luxury canal boats in the past, including one he put on the market for £129,950 all the way back in 2019.

Stephen Hendry - £25.5m

His playing days are over, but Stephen Hendry is still one of the wealthiest figures in the world of snooker today. According to The Scotsman, Hendry, 55, boasts a net worth of around £25.5m.

The Scottish ace's record seven world title haul was only levelled by O'Sullivan in 2022. Hendry is estimated to have won around £13.2m in prize money over the course of his career.

But once appearance fees, sponsorship deals, endorsem*nts and other bonuses are considered, his net worth is believed to be just over £25.5m.

While he is now retired, he is still earning good money through his punditry roles for the BBC, competing in touring exhibition games and his YouTube channel 'Stephen Hendry's Cue Tips'.

Mark Selby - £9.3m

Selby lost in the final to Luca Brecel last year - luckily for him, he could mope about the loss in his jaw-dropping Lamborghini Hurracan. The Jester from Leicester has enjoyed astounding success in the sport, winning four world titles.

After his world title win in 2018, Selby forked out £215,000 on his beloved supercar. His spending is now a lot more modest, as he celebrated his 2021 triumph by buying his daughter some new toys.

While Selby's spending is nowhere near as outlandish compared to his 2018 celebrations, he still lives in relative luxury. He and his family live in a pristine Leicester mansion, which boasts a beautiful snooker room, a fun playground and a swimming pool.

Steve Davis - £8m

Steve Davis has often laughed more people were interested in his appearance on ' I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' than his snooker career. Luckily for him, his billiard winnings means he will never have to worry about making his name in the sport again.

Davis, 66, retired in 2016 after 38 seasons. He now works as a commentator or a pundit for the BBC. The Londoner has also made a small fortune in other avenues.

He has published more than a dozen books covering all sorts of topics from snooker, to cooking. Davis' work as a DJ has even seen him perform at Glastonbury, guest present BBC Radio 6 Music and perform at numerous nightclubs around the country.

Mark Williams - £4.8m

Despite going through the pain of hackers and fraudsters accessing his bank account in 2020, Williams is worth a cool £4.8m. As well as making around £7.5m in estimated prize money, Williams also makes a healthy amount from endorsem*nts and sponsorships.

He even has his own brand of ball cleaner and snooker training aids, which he flogs on his website alongside his own brand of merchandise. His 2024 highlight, to date, is still his magnificent victory over O'Sullivan in the Tour Championship.

From that triumph, he collected a first prize of £150,000.

John Higgins - £4.8m

'The Wizard of Wishaw' is still one of the wealthiest players in snooker today. According to OLBG, he has amassed prize winnings of just under £9.8m.

Nevertheless, his net worth currently sits at a cool £4.8m. Higgins is one of the most successful players competing today, having won four world titles across his illustrious career, with his last one coming in 2011.

In 2021, Higgins put his luxury five-bed mansion by the River Clyde, Scotland, up for sale. The magnificent property also came with a detached games room.

Ken Doherty - £4m

Doherty is a regular on snooker fans' television screens, having notched up a wide variety of punditry and commentary gigs with the BBC. The 53-year-old won one world championship in 1997 and compiled more than 350 century breaks.

He is also a keen poker player who entered the 2012 World Poker Tour. Unfortunately for him, he only managed register a 14th placed finish, missing out on the £175,000 pay day. Last year, Doherty confirmed he and his former partner were selling their five-bedroom home located in Rathgar Ireland, which was listed for £2.2m.

Doherty recently endeared himself to snooker fans when he took Barry Hearn to town over rumours the World Snooker Championship could be moved away from the Crucible to countries such as China and Saudi Arabia.

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