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2023 Snooker World Championship finalist Mark Selby is one of the most successful players in the history of the sport. In facing up to Luca Brecel in the 2023 final at the Crucible Theatre, Selby has a chance to add even more prize money to his lucrative career earnings.
Selby, a four-time World Championship, three-time Masters champion and three-time UK Championship winner, has had a long, successful snooker career. His haul of major titles has been hugely impressive and he seems to thrive at the top level when it comes to the Triple Crown events.
But what is Mark Selby’s net worth from all of that?
The Reported Numbers
It’s hard to get a true picture of a player’s wealth. Back in 2021, there were reports that Mark Selby was worth around £5 million. Just two years later the net worth of the ‘Jester From Leicester’ was reportedly topping £10 million.
There is the prize money earned throughout his career that can be tallied up, especially big lump sums from the likes of World Championship and Masters victories. Selby has reportedly claimed more than £6 million in prize money during his career.
But the net worth of Selby doesn’t just end there. Sponsorship deals are a big part of modern-day sport and snooker is no exception to that. Selby has received some high-profile sponsorship partners like BetVictor, ROKiT Phones and Parris Cues.
What the 2023 World Snooker Championship Can add
The worst case scenario for Mark Selby now at the 2023 Snooker World Championship is pocketing the £200,000 runner-up prize. Not bad for a couple of weeks of work. The best-case scenario is that he lands the title for the fifth time in his career and also a cheque for £500,000.
The £15,000 prize for the highest break of the tournament probably isn’t going to go Selby’s way. He would need to grab a 147 to match Kyren Wilson’s brilliant clearance from earlier in the tournament. Any player that makes a 147 maximum gets a £40k bonus.
Mark Selby’s Rise To The Top
Mark Selby turned professional in 1999 before his 20th birthday. His time playing snooker went back more than a decade before that and he persisted with the sport through some difficulties in his personal life.
Mark Selby has often referred to Alan Perkins, a snooker coach, for helping him get through his childhood and to stick with the dream of reaching the top of the game. It certainly paid off when the first ranking title of his career came Selby’s way.
That was at the Welsh Open in 2008 when he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 in a brilliant final at the Newport Centre to collect the £35,000 top prize. Less than a year later, Mark Selby was a Masters champion as he defeated Stephen Lee in the final to collect a huge payday of £150,000.
It was in 2015 that Selby’s career really took off, regularly winning ranking titles. The first of his World Snooker Championship crowns was earned in 2014 with a victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan. That was a £300,000 payday for Selby.
Selby would go on to add further World Snooker Championship titles in 2016, 2017 and again in 2021.
Selby’s Personal Life
Mark Selby is a fan of Leicester City FC and there is a great link between the two of them. The day that he collected his first World Championship title, was the same day that Leicester celebrated promotion from the Championship back to the English top flight.
Selby’s second world title came two years later, only minutes after Leicester City had pulled off their remarkable 2015/16 Premier League tie. Selby is married to Vikki Layton, a former Irish pool player and they have a daughter.
In the 2022 Birthday Honours lists, Mark Selby was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). With his four World Championship titles in his pocket by then, he was awarded the honour not only for his services to snooker but also for charity work.
There is also a players’ academy owned by Selby in Leicester, where young players are trained in the hope of making it to the big stage and following in Selby’s footsteps.
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