List of snooker millionaires

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This list charts all the professional snooker players that have earned over £1 million in sanctioned professional snooker competition. Due to the effects of inflation, prize money becomes devalued in later years, making it increasingly difficult to compare the earnings of players of different eras. To compensate, prize money is adjusted using the UK Consumer price index according to the year in which the player turned professional; technically, earnings should be adjusted for each fiscal year, but in the cases where such information is unavailable, using the year in which the player turned professional allows for an approximate comparison. Stephen Hendry, the seven times world champion who dominated the game in the 1990s, holds the record in nominal prize money (£8 million), while Steve Davis, the six times world champion who dominated the 1980s appears to hold the record in real money (£25 million). Prior to snooker's television boom in the 1980s, professional snooker players drew most of their income from the exhibition circuit and challenge matches, rather than professional tournaments, and this list does not account for those earnings; as a result some players rank much lower down than expected—and in some cases don't appear at all—as in the case of Alex Higgins who is estimated to have earned £4 million over the course of his career,[1] which adjusted at 1971 (the year he turned professional) levels would equate to £49 million.[2]

Player Prize money thresholds[3] Prize money
(adjusted for inflation)[2]
Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry £8,800,000[4] £23,000,000
England O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan £6,000,000 £11,000,000
England Davis, SteveSteve Davis £5,000,000 £25,000,000
Scotland Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins £5,000,000 £9,000,000
England White, JimmyJimmy White £4,000,000 £15,000,000
Wales Williams, MarkMark Williams £4,000,000 £7,000,000
England Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott £3,000,000 £9,000,000
Republic of Ireland Doherty, KenKen Doherty £3,000,000 £6,000,000
England Ebdon, PeterPeter Ebdon £3,000,000 £6,000,000
Scotland McManus, AlanAlan McManus £2,000,000 £4,000,000
England Lee, StephenStephen Lee £2,000,000[5] £4,000,000
Northern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor £1,500,000 £17,000,000
Thailand Wattana, JamesJames Wattana £1,500,000 £3,000,000
Wales Stevens, MatthewMatthew Stevens £1,500,000 £3,000,000
England Hunter, PaulPaul Hunter £1,500,000 £3,000,000
Wales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths £1,000,000 £5,000,000
England Foulds, NealNeal Foulds £1,000,000 £3,000,000
England Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne £1,000,000 £7,000,000
Canada Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn £1,000,000 £12,000,000
England Bond, NigelNigel Bond £1,000,000 £2,000,000
Malta Drago, TonyTony Drago £1,000,000 £3,000,000
Scotland Dott, GraemeGraeme Dott £1,000,000 £2,000,000
Northern Ireland Swail, JoeJoe Swail £1,000,000 £2,000,000
Hong Kong Fu, MarcoMarco Fu £1,000,000 £2,000,000
England Murphy, ShaunShaun Murphy £1,000,000 £2,000,000
England Selby, MarkMark Selby £1,000,000 £2,000,000
England Hamilton, AnthonyAnthony Hamilton £1,000,000 £2,000,000
Scotland Maguire, StephenStephen Maguire £1,000,000 £2,000,000
England Carter, AliAli Carter £1,000,000 £2,000,000
Australia Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson £1,000,000 £2,000,000
China Ding Junhui £1,000,000 £1,000,000
England Harold, DaveDave Harold £1,000,000 £2,000,000
England King, MarkMark King £1,000,000 £2,000,000
Last updated 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craig, Olga (24 July 2010). "Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins dies, aged 61". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  3. ^ "Snooker's Millionaires". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Chris Turner. 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Murrells, Katy (25 April 2011). "Stephen Hendry considers retirement after world championship exit". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Hendon, David. "Stephen Lee: Fine Career Ends in Disgrace". Snooker Scene Blog. Retrieved 17 September 2013.