He retired from basketball in 2016, but Kobe Bryant isn’t exactly waiting for his next big career step. The Black Mamba, one of the best NBA players in history, has shifted his focus to entertainment and business. This new chapter of Bryant’s life could prove even more lucrative than his two decades in the NBA.
Click through to get the details on Kobe Bryant’s net worth, new products he released with Nike, his career and personal life as he settles into retirement.
Kobe Bryant's Net Worth
- Kobe Bryant Net Worth: $350 million
- Age: 39 years old
- Primary Sources of Wealth: Basketball career, brand endorsements
- Five-time NBA Championship winner
- Winner of 2018 Academy Award for best animated short
Kobe Bryant Stats and Basketball Career
At the age of 17, Kobe Bryant announced that he would skip college to pursue a career in the NBA. In 1996, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and became the youngest NBA player in history at the time, at age 18. During his 20 years with the NBA, Kobe has gained numerous awards and broken multiple records. For many fans, one of his most shocking moments came in 2006 when Bryant scored 81 points in a single game.
Kobe stayed with the Lakers for the entirety of his time with the NBA, and earned accolades which included:
- Five NBA Championship wins
- 18 All-Star selections
- 15 All-NBA selections
- Four All-Star MVPs
- The 2007-2008 regular season MVP
When he stepped off the court for the last time in 2016, the NBA legend made history with career earnings of $680 million in salary and endorsements. Forbes has reported that during his last six years in the NBA, Bryant was the highest-paid player in the league.
Kobe Bryant's Endorsements
Much of Kobe Bryant’s fortune has come from his work off the court. During his time with the NBA, Kobe endorsed various brands, including Nintendo and Turkish Airlines. He even appeared in a commercial for Sprite with LeBron James in 2012.
Over $350 million of Kobe’s earnings during his career came from endorsement deals, according to Forbes.
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Kobe Bryant and Nike
Perhaps one of Kobe’s biggest partnerships is with Nike. It started with a $10-million-per-year deal in 2003. Bryant’s relationship with Nike remains solid. His signature shoe line debuted in 2005, and hasn’t slowed down since, with the Kobe A.D. released in November 2016. A black and gold version of the Kobe shoes was also added to the lineup.
Though Bryant has been retired from basketball since 2016, the Kobe Bryant Collection is still available for purchase. In a 2016 interview with Sole Collector, Bryant revealed there’s no end in sight for his Kobe basketball shoe line. Despite no longer being on the court himself, he said his line will continue to offer innovative, performance-boosting shoes.
Kobe Bryant Jersey
Nike unveiled a new Kobe Bryant jersey to commemorate Kobe Bryant Day on Aug. 24 that also reflects the new Lakers’ uniform update. The jersey is costs $10 more than Lebron James’. The fresh merch is made of 100 percent polyester and showcases the Lakers’ gold and royal purple colors. It’s also adorned with the number ‘8’, Bryant’s number from 1997 to 2008.
The price for your fav’s jersey is currently $119, which is $10 more than Lebron James’.
Kobe Bryant Shoes
Nike also has you covered if the new Kobe Bryant Jersey weren’t enough. The new Kobe A.D. signature shoe is available now, also in time for Kobe Bryant Day. Besides the stylish post-modern color scheme, the new shoe also features an engineered micro-blade outsole pattern designed to optimize traction. The three numbers on the shoe’s tongue — 33, 8 and 24 — are the numbers Bryant sported during his high school and NBC career. It looks like the shoes are fetching $140 at select Nike Basketball retailers right now, so you might want to read up on shoe savings tips.
Kobe Bryant's Venture Capitalist Fund
Bryant got rich as a basketball star, but his savvy business skills could take his fortune to new heights. Along with Jeff Stibel, an entrepreneur, brain scientist and Dun & Bradstreet vice chairman, he’s been investing in companies since 2013.
In August 2016, the duo formalized their arrangement by launching $100 million venture capital fund Bryant Stibel. Some of the companies they’ve invested in include Reserve, The Players’ Tribune, LegalZoom and Alibaba.
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Kobe's Oscar-Winning Film
Kobe Bryant recently diversified his trophy case with the addition of a new kind of award. In early 2018, Bryant’s film “Dear Basketball” won an Academy Award for best animated short film. The short was based on a poem of the same name written by Bryant during his last season and chronicles the star’s history with basketball.
Kobe Bryant's Family and Personal Life
Married to his long-time love Vanessa Bryant since 2001, the basketball star got engaged when his then-fiancee was still in high school. The couple hit a rough patch in December 2011 when she filed for divorce, but they reconciled in January 2013.
The parents of three welcomed their youngest child, Bianka Bella, in December 2016. She joins older sisters Natalia Diamante — born in 2003 — and Gianna Maria-Onore — born in 2006. In April 2017, Bryant told Extra, “I think Vanessa wants a boy more than I do.”
Bryant sold his 8,741-square-foot home in Newport Coast for $6.1 million in 2015 — a record-breaking price for the area in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Kobe's Current & Future Business Ventures
Bryant seems to have found comfort and success in the field of entertainment. He formed a multimedia content creation company, Granity Studios, which produced his award-winning short film. He plans to release a sports-themed podcast for children on August 25 followed by the release of Bryant’s book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” on Oct. 23.
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Lorina Morton contributed to the reporting for this article.
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