Steve Davis is one of the most successful snooker players of all-time
With over £5.5 million earned in career prize money, Davis has made a healthy living from the sport
Davis is still benefiting financially from snooker, working as a pundit for the BBC on some of the biggest competitions
Snooker is one of the most popular sports on the planet and Steve Davis has been a leading figure since dominating the table in the 1980s.
If you’re into snooker betting, chances are you’ll have seen clips of Davis winning the World Championship title. He was the player to watch during that particular era…
Younger fans will recognise Davis from his work as a snooker analyst on the BBC, with the six-time world champion featuring at every major tournament.
According to online sources, Davis was the first professional snooker player to become a millionaire as a direct result of sporting success.
With an extensive trophy cabinet and a hefty net worth balance to match, Davis has built a lucrative portfolio throughout his snooker career.
Currently the only player to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, Davis kept snooker referees busy during his heyday – racking up over 350 century breaks.
One of the most successful snooker players of all-time in terms of accolades and career prize money, Davis is one of the richest figures in the sport’s history.
Without further ado, we’re going to take a look at Steve Davis net worth figures, as well as his career achievements and life away from the snooker table.
How Much Is Steve Davis Worth?
Having turned professional in 1978, Steve Davis enjoyed a prolific snooker career and his success at the table ensured a lucrative bank balance from the sport.
According to several websites, the six-time world champion is worth an estimated £30 million – and that figure is likely to grow if he remains employed with the BBC.
It is important to remember that the snooker prize money offered during Davis’ peak years was nothing compared to the sums offered to tournament winners in 2021.
However, Davis put that money to good use and has managed to ensure a comfortable life for his family despite hanging up his cue in 2016.
While he no longer competes professionally, Davis remains a central figure in the sport and his role as one of the leading BBC snooker analysts looks secure.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Steve Davis enters the greatest snooker player conversation. Does he pip Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry to top spot though? That’s a debate for another day…
Career Prize Money
It will come as no surprise to learn that Davis has made a pretty penny from his snooker exploits, particularly after topping the World Snooker rankings for seven years.
There is some discrepancy when it comes to Steve Davis career prize money totals, and that is often the case when you’re discussing the finances of famous sporting figures.
A couple of websites state his career earnings as £11 million but World Snooker’s official press release upon his retirement values Davis’ total prize money at £5.5 million.
This figure sounds accurate, especially given the discrepancy in earnings in the 1980s to the present day tournaments. If only Davis had been born 30 years later, eh?
Throughout his illustrious career, Davis played at The Crucible a record 30 times and was recognised with an OBE for his services to snooker in 2001.
Having recorded 355 century breaks and over £5.5 million in prize money during his 38 year career, it is fair to say that Steve Davis will go down in history as a snooker legend.
After 38 glorious years in professional snooker, Steve Davis made the difficult decision to step down and retire in 2016.
Davis ended his career with 355 century breaks, having dominated the sporting landscape for an entire decade. That in itself is some accomplishment.
Upon announcing his retirement, Davis received messages of support from former rivals, peers and current players – as far as snooker goes, Davis was as iconic as they come.
“It has been fantastic. The game will move on to other places but I feel like the grandfather of the sport,” said an emotional Davis.
“I will still do exhibitions and enjoy snooker and be part of it. Hopefully I’ll be with the BBC team for as many years as they want me.
“I’ll still be involved in the coaching and schools project because I think those things are important. I just don’t want to play anymore. It’s too hard, it’s just too hard.”
Incredibly, Davis claims the greatest moment of his 38-year snooker career was missing the black ball in that World Championship final in 1985.
“Beating John Higgins in 2010 was just the most amazing match I’ve ever played. When are you not supposed to win and then you do is a great feeling.
“If I had retired earlier – as Stephen Hendry did – I wouldn’t have had that moment. Beating Ronnie O’Sullivan when I wasn’t supposed to at the Masters was the same.
“But I think the best moment of my career was missing the black against Dennis Taylor, because it showed how much snooker was appreciated by the public.”
Despite the disappointment of that defeat, it is testament to Davis’ nature as a person that he acknowledges the image of the sport is greater than his own regret.
Steve Davis’ list of titles and trophies is certainly extensive, with the Englishman winning 28 ranking titles throughout his illustrious career.
With six world titles, three Masters trophies and four UK Championships to his name, Davis is one of the most successful players in the history of the sport.
He became the first player to win snooker’s Triple Crown – claiming the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters title in the same season.
Many remember Davis’ loss to Dennis Taylor at The Crucible in 1985 but it would be unfair to focus too much on that given his longevity and success.
In fact, Davis won 28 of his 41 finals in ranking events – some ratio. His tally of 28 titles puts him in illustrious company behind O’Sullivan, Hendry and John Higgins.
BBC Snooker Analyst
Davis remains a key figure in the sport, offering his words of wisdom in the commentary box as one of the principal snooker analysts for BBC Sport.
In addition, Davis is a director for governing body, the WPBSA, and is the figurehead for the sport’s Cue Zone Into Schools initiative.
Davis has managed to boost his overall wealth by taking on the television role, with the six-time world champion appearing at almost every major competition.
While the ambassadorial roles are unlikely to pay the bills, Davis keeps himself relevant in the sport and that can often lead to other business opportunities.
As one of the best snooker commentators around, Davis is likely to be prominent in the BBC commentary box for the coming years.
Is Steve Davis A DJ?
Bizarrely, Davis has thrown himself into a rather surprising career change – going from the snooker table to DJ turntables.
In fact, Davis made a shock appearance at Glastonbury in 2016 and was invited to return to the Somerset music festival in 2019.
Davis is a keen lover of techno music and goes by stage name ‘DJ Thundermuscle’ when he is performing. At 64 years old, you have to admire his dedication and desire to succeed.
In addition, Davis has been involved in the creation of a new band called The Utopia Strong, with the group looking to release a music album in the near future.
*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*
FIRST PUBLISHED: 15th December 2021