Kobe Bryant was an 18-time NBA All-Star, a 5-time NBA Champion, and a two-time NBA Finals MVP.
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joe Bryant, his father, was a former Philadelphia 76ers player. His family shifted to Italy after his father retired from NBA and moved on to play in a European League. As a result, he learnt to speak Italian fluently. They moved back to Philadelphia after Joe retired altogether.
Kobe attended Lower Merion High School. He was an excellent basketball player at high school. He led his team to its first championship in 53 years. As a result, he was named Gatorade’s Men’s National Basketball Player of the Year and the USA Today’s All USA first team player. Bryant is the NBA’s youngest-ever player to be drafted.
Kobe was drafted by the Hornets but was quickly traded to the Lakers in a pre-arranged agreement. His first NBA contract was for three years and paid him $3.5 million.
Bryant earned more than $328 million in salary alone during his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He received a three-year $90 million extension in 2010. He signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in 2013.
During his NBA career, he earned around $350 million from endorsements. Among his long list of sponsors were McDonald’s, Hublot, Nike, Turkish Airlines Lenovo, and Sprite. He also signed deals with Mercedes Benz and Chinese companies like Sina.com and Alibaba.
During his initial days, he signed a deal with Adidas for $48 million.
In March 2014, Kobe paid $6 million for a 10% stake in the sports drink BodyArmour. In 2018, the company made $400 million. On paper, Kobe’s $6 million investment was worth $200 million before taxes.
Kobe Bryant’s net worth was $600 million as of 2020.
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. Gianna, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, was also among the victims.