The greatest snooker player from Scotland, Stephen Hendry, was born in South Queensferry, Edinburgh, on 13 January 1969. He started playing snooker when he was only at age 12. Sparkling like a shining star, he won his first-ever tournament, the Scottish under 16 Championship, at age 14. During his professional career, Hendry remained the winner of 36 ranking events (the unbreakable record still he held) and runner-up in 21 ranking event finals. In the non-ranking events, he was successful in 38 events, including six Masters.
He was the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1987 and 1996, the WPBSA Player of the Year, each year from 1990 to 93 & 1995-96, and the WPBSA Outstanding Performance awardee in 1995.
Hendry entered the professional career in 1985 when he won the Scottish Amateur Championship and became the youngest contestant in the World Amateur Championship. It was a record achievement, and he remained the youngest qualifier for the World Championship till 2012. In 1986, he won the Canada Dry Scottish Professional Championship by defeating Matt Gibson. In 1988, the WPBSA declared him Young Player of the Year.
Hendry won his first ranking title, the Grand Prix in the 1987-88 season, defeating Dennis Taylor in the final. Another victory he gained was the British Open in 1988.
Stephen Hendry Net Worth
Hendry has earned £9.7 million in his professional career, whereas Stephen Hendry Net Worth is £15 million.
He was the youngest world champion, a milestone he reached in 1990 at age 21, beating Jimmy White in the final. His portfolio includes a record (seven times) victory of the World Snooker Championship. He also holds the record to capture the World No one positions nine times. Hendry’s other career records include most consecutive wins (five times) in a single tournament, the feat he got by winning six Masters Tiles and capturing five UK Championships.
Hendry also had a record of 18 Triple Crown tournaments (the World Championship, the UK Championship, and the invitational Masters. However, Ronald Antonio O’Sullivan (an English professional snooker player) broke this record claiming 19 victories.
Hendry married to Mandy Tart in 1995, and the couple has two sons. After nineteen years of marriage, they divorced, and Hendry married Lauren Thundow, an actress and children’s entertainer.
Hendry had an outstanding break technique that made him score most centuries (16) compiled in one tournament. Also, he had scored most career centuries with 775. Hendry was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1994. He also remained BBC Scotland’s Sports Personality of the Year in 1987 and 1996.
Also, he was WPBSA Player of the Year on six occasions, including four consecutive years from 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996. WPBSA also awarded him Performance of the Year in 1995. Hendry is generally considered the greatest player ever to hold a cue. He declared his retirement from the game in May 2012, after participating in his career’s 27 consecutive World Championship.