Mark Selby Wedding, Wife, Family, Children
Mark Selby is an English snooker player famously nicknamed as Jester from Leicester. He is also famous for winning each of the sport’s Triple Crown events. He has been ranked as one of the best snooker players in the world by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Associations.
What Is Mark Selby’s Net Worth?
Mark Selby has a net worth of $3 Million. His profitable snooker career rewards him a hundred thousand dollars annually. He generated £510,909 during the 2015/16 season. He profited more than £330,000, winning the World Snooker Championship Final in 2016. He amassed £225,000 defending his China Open title in 2018, triumphing against Barry Hawkins.
He had his breakthrough at the young age of 18 at the 2002 China Open. He reached the semis of the competition. He won his first Masters Championship in 2008. He captured the 2012 UK Championship in York by beating Shaun Murphy.
In the 2013-2014 season, he reached the World Championship finals for the second time defeating world number one Neil Robertson. In the finals, he faced the defending champion Ronne O'Sullivan; He (Ronne O'Sullivan) had held the championship title for the past two years. But Selby sealed an 18-14 victory to grab his first-ever world title. He sealed a sixth career title at the 2015 China Open.
As mentioned earlier, he won the second World Championship in 2016, defeating Ding Junhui by 18-14. And in the 2017 World Championship, he again had to face Ding Junhui but in the semi-finals. This time again, he defeated him by 16-15, which helped him to reach his third world final in four years. For the finals, he faced John Higgins and won his third World Championship by 18-15.
In 2018, he won the China Open against Barry Hawkins by 11-3 and also won the China Championship against John Higgins by 10-9. For his 16th and 17th title, he won the English Open and Scottish Open in 2019, defeating David Gilbert and Jack Lisowski, respectively.
In 2020, he claimed his 18th title at the Snooker European Masters in Milton Keynes, England, defeating Martin Gould by 9-8.
Journey To Marrying Wife Vikki; Postpones Wedding Plans For Championship
Mark Selby faced a dilemma between his career and his personal life in 2011. He was participating in the World Championship 2011, and his wedding day was coming near. He anticipated that the wedding would be immensely memorable if he were to win the championship. His fiancee, Vikki Layton, on the other hand, agreed to postpone planning for the wedding so that he could participate in the championship. Unfortunately, he could only manage to progress up to the second round.
Emerging out from the loss at the championship, he won the treasured trophy of his life - he and his fiancee Vikki got married in their memorable wedding ceremony on 24th May 2011.
Family Life; Tribute to late father-in-law, Daughter Pumps Up His Emotional Stability.
When he won the Betfred World Championship in 2016, he dedicated it to him. His triumph had been tainted with sadness due to the death of his father-in-law, Terry Layton.
Mark had a hard upbringing being abandoned by his mother, Shirley, at the delicate age of eight. His father, David, raised the children all by himself until Mark turned 16.
At age 16, Mark witnessed his dad tragically passing away from cancer. He lived in a council house after the death of his father. Despite losing his father at a young age, he found another father figure in his father-in-law when he married Vikki in 2011. He was saddened when his father-in-law passed away at 64 in 2016.
Mark celebrates cup victory with his wife, Nikki, and daughter, Sofia (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
His daughter, Sofia Maria, who was born on 11th November 2014, has been the emotional support pillar for the famous player. Her innocence encourages him to do better in his career.
When he won the China Open in Beijing in early 2018, she showed her confidence in him - the first thing she did when he arrived was ask for the trophy. Mark understood at that moment that losing meant taking chances at breaking his daughter’s heart. Her daughter encouraged and added more pressure for him to win.
It's the story of Mark aspiring to be as good of a father figure as the two important men in his life: his father and father-in-law.
Mark Selby was born on 19th June 1983. He was a high school dropout. He is 1.83 meters tall.