Kobe Bryant Net Worth: Career & Death

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The American professional basketball player, a shooting guard in National Basketball Association (NBA) Kobe Bryant, had a net worth of $600 million at the time of his death.

Bryant won five NBA championships and was a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and was widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time.

After his death in 2020, he was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that year.

Similarly, he was an 18-time all-star, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and also 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP).

The all-time leading scorer in LA Lakers history, Kobe Bryant was the first guard to play 20 seasons in NBA history.

Similarly, his 10 All-Star designations are the second most of all time.

Rest In Peace Legend
Rest In Peace Legend

Kobe nicknamed himself “Black Mamba” in the mid-2000s, which was adopted by the general public.

Apart from that, Kobe was also in the national basketball team of the United States, who won two gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

He also won the Academy Award for the Best animated short Film for Dear Basketball in 2018.

Besides that, Kobe was charged with sexual assault in 2003. However, the charges were dropped after the accuser refused to testify.

The civil suit was settled out of court, with Kobe issuing a public apology admitting the sexual encounter was mutual.

On January 26th, 2020, Kobe left the world along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Early Life

Kobe Bryant was born Kobe Bean Bryant on August the 23rd, 1978, in Philadelphia, United States.

His father, Joseph Washington Bryant “Jellybean,” is a former NBA player and a coach.

His mother is Pamela Cox Bryant, who is an American socialite.

Even though he was born in Philadelphia but he was raised in Italy. Bryant was known as the top American high-school basketball player while at Lower Merion.

He was named after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu.

Similarly, his middle name Bean was derived from his father Joe Bryant’s nickname Jellybean.

He was raised in a typical catholic household and was a man of faith.

Bryant started playing basketball at the age of three, and the Lakers were his favorite team growing up.

Quick Facts

Birth Name Kobe Bean Bryant
Birth Date August 23, 1978
Death Date January 26, 2020
Place Of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death Calabasas, California, United States
Years Lived 42 Years
Ethnicity African-American
Also Known As Mamba, Black Mamba
Father Joe Bryant
Mother Pam Bryant
Nationality American
Marital Status Married
Spouse Vanessa Bryant (m. 2001-2020)
Children 4
Children Name Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria Onroe Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, Capri Kobe Bryant
Height 6 ft. 5 inches, 1.98m
Weight 96 kg, 211 pounds
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Shoe Size 14 US
Net Worth $600 million
Siblings Sharia Bryant, Shaya Bryant
Profession NBA Player
Position Shooting Guard, Small forward
Jersey Number 24
Team LA Lakers
Career 1996-2016
Notable Awards BET Award for Sportsman of the Year, NBA Most Valuable Player Award, ESPY Icon Award, etc.
Social Media Instagram, TwitterFacebook
Website www.granitystudios.com
Last Update December, 2021

 Net Worth and Income

An American professional basketball player, philanthropist, producer, and entrepreneur Kobe Bryant had a net worth of $600 million at the time of his demise.

Kobe made about $328 million throughout his NBA. Similarly, he was one of the greatest players in NBA history, and during his peak, every company wanted a piece of him.

He made about $350 million from brand endorsements in his career.

Likewise, Kobe had invested his millions in BodyArmour sports drink which later came as hundreds of millions. More on that in a minute.

NBA Earnings

One of the greatest players in NBA history Kobe Bryant at the age of 17, was drafted by the Hornets initially but traded to Laker’s straightaway.

Because of his age, his parents had to cosign his rookie contract, which was of three years and was worth $3.5 million.

After fabulous performances in Lakers, he was starting to be compared to Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

Later his six years contract extension brought him $70 million.

Kobe In a Game
Kobe In a Game

His other notable earnings include a contract extension with the Lakers for three years worth $90 million in 2010.

Again, in 2013 Kobe extended his contract for two years which was worth $48.5 million.

His final year in NBA brought about $25 million in salary.

Similarly, Kobe earned a total of $680 million throughout his career. The other half of the total amount came from his endorsement deals.

Kobe Bryant Career Salary LA Lakers

Year Team Salary
2016 LA Lakers $25 million
2015 LA Lakers $23.5 million
2014 LA Lakers $30.45 million
2013 LA Lakers $27.849 million
2012 LA Lakers $25.2 million
2011 LA Lakers $24.8 million
2010 LA Lakers $23 million
2009 LA Lakers $21.2 million
2008 LA Lakers $19.49 million
2007 LA Lakers $17.7 million
2006 LA Lakers $15.94 million
2005 LA Lakers $14.17 million
2004 LA Lakers $13.5 million
2003 LA Lakers $12.37 million
2002 LA Lakers $11.25 million
2001 LA Lakers $10.13 million
2000 LA Lakers $9 million
1999 LA Lakers $1.31 million
1998 LA Lakers $1.16 million
1997 LA Lakers $1 million

Net Worth of Kobe Bryant in Different Currencies

Let’s have a look into Kobe Bryant’s net worth in different currencies as of December, 2021.

Currency Net Worth
Euro € 508,629,780
Pound Sterling £ 432,744,360
Australian Dollar A$ 814,111,200
Canadian Dollar C$ 750,867,000
Indian Rupee ₹ 44,530,200,000
BitCoin ฿ 12,696.54

Houses and Cars

Houses

Kobe and his lovely wife Vanessa used to own three luxurious mansions in Orange County, California.

These three mansions were worth combined more than $18 million at the time of purchase, and over the years, the prices have gone way up.

New Port Beach, Pelican Ridge (Former Residence)

The Bryant purchased this Mediterranean-style mansion back in 2013 for about $4.78 million.

The house was built in 1997 however was renovated with stone pillars, limestone, and walnut floor.

Similarly, it had 8,471 square feet of living space over two floors with four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms.

The house sat on over half an acre of land. The property offered at least four-car garages and 850 square feet of the home gym.

Apart from that, the house had state of the art home theater with stadium seating and a wet bar.

Interestingly the house also had a hair salon.

The outside of the mansion had elevated lounge areas with three fire pits—also a huge swimming pool with spa and waterfall and outdoor kitchen and barbecue.

However, the home was sold in 2015 for over $6 million.

Pelican Crest, New Port Beach (Latter Residence)

The new home is located just 1.5 miles away from the house in Pelican Ridge and their former home.

The mansion was a custom built-in lovely gated community in Pelican Crest in New Port Beach.

Kobe purchased the property in 2008 when it was still halfway under construction for $9.45 million.

However, the place is now worth more than $21 million.

The Bryant’s moved to the place once it was finished in 2011.

It is 15,760 square feet and spans over four floors with an additional basement.

Kobe's House Pelican Crest, New Port Beach
Kobe’s House Pelican Crest, New Port Beach

This place also has a Mediterranean ambiance, just like his previous mansion. There are six bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, and plenty of living and dining space all over.

The large basement had media, games, and wine rooms.

Interestingly the house has a sub-basement which has a home gym with steam and a sauna room.

The Bryant’s also added a movie theater in the house.

Outside of the house has an acre of land with a large swimming pool and tons of lounging areas, and of course, a fire pit and barbecue area.

The house also has a five-car garage, and reportedly there is underground parking for additional six cars.

Cars

Kobe was a huge cars fanatic. Since he spent almost all his childhood in Italy and he had a great love for Italian cars.

Let’s get it done with.

Lamborghini Murcielago

This probably is Lamborghini’s most popular model. Kobe Bryant owned a yellow Murcielago with a black interior.

The car is known for its speed and performance. It is fitted with a 6.5 liters V12 engine that generates 661 brake horsepower.

Even though the car comes with standard six-speed e-gear manual transmission, Kobe had it customized with automatic transmission. With all the customizations and custom paint jobs, it cost Kobe more than $400,000.

Nonetheless, this is not the only bull Kobe owned.

He also owned Lamborghini Aventador. The Aventador comes with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that pumps 770 brake horsepower.

The price of the cars starts from $393,695.

It can reach the top speed of 221 miles an hour and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds.

Vintage Cars

Kobe Bryant also owned a couple of vintages. He had a 1967 Pontiac Convertible, which was a retirement gift from rapper Snoop Dogg. The car was wrapped with an LA Lakers-themed paint job.

Similarly, Kobe also owed a 1963 Chevy Impala Convertible. 1963 Impala costs over $23,000 today.

As a base trim level, it came with a 140 horsepower 230 cubic inch six-cylinder engine.

Ferrari

Aforementioned Kobe was a huge fan of Italian cars. He owned a couple of Italian Horses (Ferrari).

One of the favorite cars of Kobe’s was his Ferrari F430.

He spent over $200,000 on this car which came with six-speed shift-able automatic transmission.

The car has a 4.3 liters Ferrari F136 E V8 petrol engine.

Likewise, another Ferrari Kobe owned was his Ferrari 458 Italia.

Kobe Bryant's Ferrari
Kobe Bryant’s Ferrari

He once walked into a Ferrari dealership and wrote a $329,000 cheque for a 458 Italia.

Apart from supercars, Kobe also owned two Bentleys and Range Rover SUVs for family travels.

He had Bentley Continental GT, which is known for its luxurious interior and state-of-the-art infotainment symbol.

The price of the car is $202,500. Similarly, his Bentley convertible costs about $200,000.

Lifestyle and Vacations

Lifestyle

Rest in Peace, Kobe Bryant

Kobe had a super luxurious lifestyle given by his net worth of $600 million.

He really loved his wife Vanessa and his daughter.

Kobe once went all-in rap career. He even approached the hip-hop video director Hype, Williams, to direct the video for his single “K.O.B.E.”

However, the song was not well received, and the video was never released.

Nonetheless, he met his future wife, Vanessa, during the video shoot.

Interestingly, after his sex scandal, he had to buy his wife $4 million worth of diamond rings to cheer her up.

It was an 8-carat purple diamond ring.

Similarly, if Kobe and his wife hadn’t worked things out, he was set to lose more than $75 million on the settling.

Due to his stay in Italy in his childhood Kobe could speak fluent Spanish and Italian.

He hated to get stuck in the LA Traffic, so he regularly chartered helicopters.

In fact, chartered helicopter for 13 trips in 2019.

It was the same helicopter Sikorsky S-76B which involved in the crash and became the cause of death of him and his daughter, which he took to his final game with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016

He was a pretty generous person. Once Kobe let his teammate Steve Black use his chartered helicopter to go to a doctor’s appointment.

Kobe made an appearance in Destiny’s Child music video Bug-A-Boo.

Vacations

Kobe was a well-traveled person right from his childhood.

He was raised in Italy even he was born in the states.

Bryant moved several times to different states of Italy during his childhood.

Kobe personally struggled between finding a balance between his career and being a family man.

Kobe Bryant's Family Vacation
Kobe Bryant’s Family Vacation

However, at the end of the day, there’s doubt that Bryant’s family was the most important thing in his life.

He loved vacationing with his lovely family, especially to Disneyland, Cabo San Lukas, Mexico, Italy, France, and Bora Bora.

After the 2013-14 season, which was a mess, Kobe instantly flew off to France to celebrate the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary.

Similarly, Kobe celebrated his 40th birthday in Cabo, Mexico.

Charity

Kobe was a kind person and was never shy of making a difference off the court.

After Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash, Mamba and Mambacita Foundation was founded in honor.

The foundation was established with the vision to create a world where young women had equal opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Kobe was an honorary chair for the nonprofit Annual homework.

The foundation was established to address homelessness in Loa Angeles County.

Apart from that, Kobe was a celebrity ambassador on LA Afterschool All-Stars founded to provide options for young people once the school day ends?

Kobe Bryant Charity
Kobe Bryant Charity

Likewise, Kobe was also actively involved in Make A Wish Foundation and granted more than 200 wishes during his two decades career in the Lakers. The nonprofit foundation grants wish to children who face a life-threatening disease.

Similarly, The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation contributed $1 million to the National Museum of African History and Culture, which opened in 2016. His No. 24 jerseys which he wore during the 2008 NBA Finals, also went on display at the museum.

Furthermore, Kobe was part of the 2012 broadcast that included celebrity power on a mission to raise money for cancer research for Standup for Cancer Foundation.

Moreover, Kobe also served as a spokesman for Aid Still Required.

Besides this, Kobe also supported Step Up on Second. The foundation offers services to homeless individuals and those facing mental illness.

Kobe also partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs in Los Angeles and Nike to create a Mamba League, which is a youth basketball league.

TV Appearances, Endorsements, Investments and Books

TV Appearances

Besides narrating and appearing in documentaries, Kobe also produced television series and TV documentaries.

Kobe was best known for 2017 Dear Basketball, 2015 Daddy’s Home, 2018 The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live-Action, and 2018-2020 Detail.

He also produced Kobe Bryant’s Muse TV movie documentary.

Endorsements

The aforementioned Kobe earned over $350 million just through endorsements. Some of the notable brand endorsements include Like, Lenovo, Sprite, Panini, Turkish Airlines, and McDonald’s.

Given his popularity, his endorsements were not just limited to the states but in China from companies such as Alibaba. Kobe also endorsed Mercedes-Benz.

Adidas signed Kobe Bryant even before he launched his career in 1996. The deal was worth $48 million and spanned over six years.

Most of the endorsement deals of Kobe were terminated because of an allegation of sexual assault.

However, when the allegations were dropped the deals came back as it was before.

Nike signed Kobe for four years deal worth $10 million per year. Interestingly, they did not even use Kobe for any sort of sponsorship-related works for almost two years.

Let’s check some of his endorsements.

Kobe signed a deal with McDonald’s worth $10 million.

Similarly, Nintendo released “Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside” exclusive to the Nintendo 64 console in 1998. He was also one of the youngest NBA players to have a video game named after him.

Likewise, Kobe was featured in an advertisement for “Call of Duty: Black Ops” in 2010. It featured Kobe in a war scene with a ‘Mamba’ labeled gun.

There were several brands who dropped the endorsement deal with Kobe after the sexual allegations however, Coca-Cola was one of few brands who did not relinquish the deal.

Also, Kobe was the face of Spalding, an exclusive line of signature basketballs and autographed balls. The signed basketballs were sold for around $200.

Investments

Kobe Bryant had made some lucrative investments which made him millions over the years.

Kobe bought a 10% equity stake in a sportswear brand named BodyArmour for a little over $6 million in 2014.

The investment was worth $200 million pretax in 2018.

Koby Bryant's line of Sports Drink
Koby Bryant’s line of Sports Drink

Kobe was not only limited to sports drinks in terms of business investments. Kobe, along with Jeff Stibel, launched a venture-capital firm named Bryant-Stibel in 2016. The initial funding was $100 million combined.

The company basically focused to invest in media, data, and technology companies.

Some of the investment companies did videogame designer Scopely and sports website The Players Tribune and LegalZoom.

Kobe also founded a media company that focused on creating new narratives of the stories around sports named Granity Studios.

Book Publications

Kobe Bryant published his autobiography The Mamba Mentality: How I Play on October 13, 2018.

The book was released by his own company Granity Studios.

It describes the perspective of his life and his NBA career.

Career

Kobe married the then 17 years old Vanessa Laine in April 2001 in Dana Point, California. She was working as a background dancer in a music video.

The couple was engaged within 6 months of their first meetings. Vanessa was in senior in high school at the time.

However, Kobe’s parents did not approve of the relationship and did not attend the ceremony.

The couple welcomed Natalia Biamante Bryant, their first child, on January 19th, 2003. Their second child was Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, born on May 1st, 2006.

Crash
Kobe Bryant’s Crashed Helicopter

Vanessa filed for divorce on December, 16th 2011, after ten and half years of marriage.

However, the couple later reconciled their marriage.

Kobe passed away on January 26th, 2020, in a helicopter crash at the age of 41.

His daughter Gianna was just 13 years age and was one of the victims of the crash, along with eight other people.

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Unknown Facts About Kobe Bryant

  • Kobe Bryant’s middle name does not appear on any of his official documents.
  • Bryant was the first NBA player to be drafted from high school
  • Kobe entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high school.

FAQs

How many championships did Kobe win?

One of the outstanding players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant won five NBA championships in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010.

How many championships did Shaq and Kobe win?

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant played for the Lakers from 1996 to 2004 and won three consecutive NBA championships together.

Who was Kobe Bryant’s best friend?

His best friend was Pau Gasol, a fellow teammate of Kobe in the Lakers.

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