Kobe Bryant is among the most decorated American basketballers of all time. His twenty-year career as a professional basketballer started and ended at Los Angeles Lakers wearing number ‘24’. He broke many records as a player and also achieved many accolades. Unfortunately, we lost him to an air crash on 26th January 2020. This was hard to accept as he was a global star, and no one could imagine that.
But who is he? How much is Kobe’s net worth? To get to know about these and much more, be sure to read this article to the end.
Net Worth: $600 Million
Full Name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Nickname: Black Mamba
Date of Birth: 23rd August 1978
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died On: 26th January 2020
Height: 1.98 m
Weight: 98 Kg
Profession: Basketball Player (LA Lakers)
Position: Shooting Guard
Wife: Vanessa Laine
Early Life of Kobe Bryant
Kobe was born on 23rd August 1978 in Philadelphia. He was the last born in a family of three and was the lone boy. Basketball was in his blood as his dad Joe Bryant was a former NBA player and his uncle John Cox. Kobe’s mum was known as Pamela Cox Bryant.
The name Kobe was from the famous Japanese beef. His second name Bean was from his dad’s nickname Jellybean. Kobe Bryant’s love for basketball was discovered at the age of three, and he was a massive fan of the LA Lakers.
Three years later, Joe retired from NBA and relocated to Italy to play basketball. Due to his dad’s movement, Kobe learned to speak Italian. While in Italy, his grandpa used to send him NBA match videos for Bean to study how to play basketball.
Basketball was not his love while he was a child. He used to play soccer, and his favorite team was AC Millan. During the summer holidays, Bryant went back to the US to play in the summer basketball league.
When he was thirteen, his family moved from Italy back to the US.
Education of Kobe Bryant
When they moved back to the US, Kobe joined Bala Cynwyd Middle School and studied his eighth grade. After completing Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, he was recognized for his basketball competence. He wore Jersey no.33 and had 883 career points between 1992 to 1996.
While at Lower Merion, he was a regular starter since joining. This was a record as he was one of the few freshmen to play in the varsity team regularly. His time on the team was a success. This made him want to join the NBA after seeing Kevin Garnett selected in the first round of the NBA draft in 1995.
During the Adidas ABCD, Camp Kobe in 1995 won a senior MVP award. When Bean was seventeen, he decided to join the NBA and was successful and was the sixth player. Many people thought he would join a university or college as he had a high SAT score (1080) and his basketball skill. But that wasn’t his plan.
Kobe’s Life in NBA
Before joining the NBA, his deal was near jeopardy as he was to be traded with Vlade Divac. Lakers wanted to sell Divac to Charlotte Hornets while they sell them one of the players they drafted. This went through after Vlade agreed to the deal. But Kobe Bryant was still a minor and could not sign his contract. He, therefore, cosigned with Lakers before attaining eighteen years. His contract was for three years’ worth $3.5 million.
His first game was during the Summer Pro League. He impressed many people, including Del Harris, LA Lakers coach. He used to play as a substitute and was the youngest player at that time to play in the NBA.
Kobe went to play for LA Laker for twenty years, winning the NBA title five times.
Kobe’s Personal Life
Bryant and Vanessa Laine began dating while he was twenty-one years old. The duo got engaged in 2000 and got married in 2001 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. His parents never attended the wedding ceremony as they didn’t agree to their marriage.
Kobe Bryant has four daughters with Vanessa. They had marriage differences and almost divorced in 2011, but they rescinded the plans.
At one point, he was accused of sexual assault, which he agreed to. This made him lose his endorsement deals to McDonald’s and Nutella. The case was thrown away after the accuser declined to testify.
Total Net Worth
Kobe Bryant has a net worth of $600 million. He generated his income through his basketball career and endorsement deals. Some of the companies he endorsed in his career include;
- Upper Deck
- Russell Corporation
- Turkish Airlines
He dealt with Nike, which was worth $40 to $45 million on a five-year contract. According to Forbes, his highest salary as a player was $62 million a year. At the same time, his total earning in his whole career total to $323 million.
Kobe died along with his daughter Gigi on 26th January 2020. His wealth currently is under his wife, Vanessa. It is unfortunate, but Kobe Bryant is no more.