10 richest darts players in history from Phil Taylor to Michael Van Gerwen

Though darts does not require a great deal of physical effort, it certainly still is a tricky sport.

It takes years of training to compete at the elite level – so when you do hit the heights of tournaments such as the PDC World Championships, you can expect a pretty payday.

Over the years, players have earned millions of pounds for mastering their wrist-action. (Wish the same could be said for the rest of us.)

So now we have compiled a list of some of the wealthiest players to ever grace the game.

And we're starting with a sizable couple of million pounds as our number ten.

Dave Chisnall (£2,043,415)

Brit Dave Chisnall sadly had to withdraw from this year's PDC World Darts Championships owing to a positive Covid test.

It must have been disappointing to hear – but at least the St Helen's born player has been good enough to earn a tidy couple of million from the sport.

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Simon Whitlock (£2,229,499)

Simon Whitlock was involved in a match that’s been called one of the worst legs of darts ever.

The Australian played Martin Schindler and it took them a massive 23 attempts to finish the leg.

Even still, Whitlock has been one of darts' stars, and he can rest assured with that huge sum of cash he's earned.

Gerwyn Price (£2,292,803)

The PDC current champion, Gerwyn Price, has made a tidy sum from his playing days.

The Welshman quit rugby to focus on darts full time and it’s paid dividends.

Though he won't be taking the trophy home this time around, having been knocked out in the quarter-finals by Michael Smith.

Adrian Lewis (£3,187,643)

The two-time PDC World Darts Champion has earned a few million quid from darts.

It’s a good thing too: in 2005, Adrian Lewis won the jackpot gambling in Las Vegas but was unable to collect the reward owing to the fact he was, at 20, below the US legal gambling age.

Raymond van Barneveld (£3,510,128)

The Dutchman is one of the most successful players in darts history.

Credited with making the sport popular in his homeland, Raymond van Barneveld has retired from the game on numerous occasions, only to come back for more.

And he's made a pretty penny while he's been at it.

James Wade (£3,578,893)

At 24, James Wade broke the record of being the youngest player to win a major PDC title.

Some 14 years later and he’s still performing at the top level, reaching the semi-finals at Ally Pally this year.

Is it any wonder he’s earned so much?

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Peter Wright (£3,609,888)

Known for his wild hair, Peter Wright has become one of the most recognisable figures in the sport.

The Scot says his hair is similar to applying war paint before going into battle.

And that attitude has served him tremendously with the former world champion looking to get his hands back on the trophy this year.

Gary Anderson (£4,358,772)

Gary Anderson had been one of the most outspoken in having the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship scrapped following the forced withdrawals of Vincent van der Voort, Michael van Gerwen and Chisnall.

And fair play to him as he was still in the competition when he requested it.

The cocksure dart-smith, Anderson says he no longer bothers practising anymore as he’s a “natural.”

Phil Taylor (£7,634,754)

Phil Taylor is arguably the most recognisable name in darts.

And he’s taken some real handsome earnings from his time in the sport.

The 61-year-old has won 214 professional tournaments, including a record 85 major titles and a record 16 World Championships, so there's no wonder he comes in at second place on his list.

Michael van Gerwen (£8,571,167)

Michael van Gerwen’s takings is worth more than double that of Anderson in third spot.

The Dutchman is currently ranked number three in the world, having been world number one from 2014 to 2021.

Not bad for someone who’s only 32.

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