|Estimated value:||€8 million|
|Country of origin:||Netherlands|
|Source of Wealth:||darts player|
Michael van Gerwen is a Dutch darts player who has been taking part in PDC tournaments since 2007. “Mighty Mike” is one of the best and most successful dart players of all time and already celebrated his first tournament victories in the professional field as a teenager. The athlete, who was born in Boxtel, can already look back on a number of world championships he has won and has also led the PDC world rankings for several years in a row.
After the retirement of darts legend Phil Taylor, van Gerwen is also considered the undisputed number one in sports among darts fans. The Dutchman regularly wins several major tournaments a year apart from the World Cup.
Michael van Gerwen was born on April 25th, 1998 in Boxtel in the Netherlands. As a teenager he took part in his first local darts tournaments with the support of his father. At the age of 14 he also played for the first time in official tournaments of the darts association BDO. Van Gerwen achieved his first respectable success in 2003 when he reached the final of the Primus Masters Youth.
From then on he was able to crown himself the winner of many tournaments. For example, he won the German Open in 2005 and also won the Dutch youth championship in 2005 and 2006. At the Northern Ireland Open in 2005 he played in the adult category and also won.
From 2003 Michael van Gerwen took part in the darts tournaments of the BDO. He achieved his first major success in 2006 at the Bavaria World Darts Trophy, where he reached the semi-finals. After all, he won the Winmau World Masters in 2006 at the age of 17. From then on, rumors spread that van Gerwen would switch from the BDO to the PDC. However, he denied this, although he was assured of a permanent starting place for the PDC World Championship as the first place in the Dutch darts ranking. However, in 2007 he took part in the BDO World Championship again, but was eliminated as a favorite in the first round by Gary Robson.
He then announced that he would switch to the PDC. With 88th place in the world rankings, van Gerwen was entitled to take part in some official PDC tournaments. There he was able to celebrate first respectable successes and win, for example, against Phil Taylor, but then remained until 2009 without any significant success. Then he could only score again against his compatriot Vincent van der Voort thanks to a 6-3 win at the Players Championship. At the PDC Junior World Championships in 2011, Michael van Gerwen finally reached the final.
From then on, his career with the PDC experienced a steep rise. Every year he won several major tournaments and reached the final of the PDC World Championship in 2013, losing 4:7 to Phil Taylor. The following year, however, Michael van Gerwen finally secured his first world title by beating Peter Wright in the final. From that point on, “Mighty Mike” was one of the most successful dart players in the world and won millions in prize money every year. Michael van Gerwen secured his second world title in 2017 in the final against Gary Anderson. He also won the 2019 edition thanks to a 7-3 win in the final against Englishman Michael Smith.
In 2008 Michael van Gerwen took part in the PDC World Championship for the first time, but lost there in the first round against the favorite Phil Taylor. Van Gerwen was able to win the prestigious tournament for the first time in 2014. He is one of the few dart players who was able to win every major tournament of the PDC at least once. He celebrated his first final victory in such an event in 2012 at the World Grand Prix. Since van Gerwen was in first place in the world rankings for the first time in 2014, he has been at the top. He is therefore regarded as the darts player who has been at the top for the longest time in a row.
“I noticed the malice of the German football fans when our national team didn’t qualify for the European Championship. But when it comes to darts, these German fans cheer me on. Wonderful!”
“But I think the quality is higher than ever right now – and I’m the best player right now.”
“For German darts as a whole, it is extremely important that a player makes it into the top ten in the world rankings – that’s just missing so far.”
Michael van Gerwen started playing darts at an early age and holds a number of age records. At the age of 17 years and 174 days he was the youngest dart player of all time to win a PDC major tournament.
Also just 17 was “Mighty Mike” when he became the youngest darts player to throw a 9-darter in front of rolling TV cameras. He also holds the record for the most 9-darters ever with some other players.
In the semifinals of the 2017 World Cup, van Gerwen threw the highest average ever measured at a World Cup against Raymond van Barneveld.
|Estimated value:||€8 million|