He retired from basketball in 2016, but Kobe Bryant isn’t exactly spending his days playing shuffleboard. The Black Mamba has shifted his focus to business.
This new chapter of Bryant’s life could prove even more lucrative than his two decades in the NBA. Get the details on Kobe Bryant’s net worth, career and personal life as he settles into retirement.
Kobe Bryant Net Worth: $350 Million
When he stepped off the court for the last time on April 14, 2016, the NBA legend made history with career earnings of $680 million in salary and endorsements. During his last six years in the NBA, Bryant was the highest-paid player in the league, according to Forbes.
During his 20 years with the Lakers, the team paid Bryant more than $320 million. His final contract was worth $48.5 million over two years — for an average annual salary of $24.3 million — according to Spotrac.
Outsized career earnings have swelled Kobe Bryant’s net worth to an impressive $350 million, according to Forbes. His 2016 earnings totaled $50 million, including $25 million in salary and another $25 million in endorsements from sponsors like Nike, Hublot and Panini.
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Kobe Bryant Stats
An NBA legend, Bryant was honored with dozens of awards throughout his career, including the coveted ESPYS Icon Award in 2016 and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2008. Additionally, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team 12 times, the All-NBA First Team 11 times and was named All-Star Game MVP four times.
Bryant set the bar high for future players. During his career, he scored a total of 33,643 points, earning the rank of number three on the NBA all-time scoring list.
He made history with his Lakers tenure, becoming the first NBA player ever to stay with the same team for 20 seasons. He also exited the NBA as the Lakers’ all-time leader in points, 3-pointers, games played and game steals, falling second in assists to Magic Johnson, ESPN reported.
Kobe Bryant Shoes
It started with a four-year, $40 million deal in 2003, and Bryant’s relationship with Nike remains solid. His signature shoe line debuted in 2005 and is still going strong in retirement with the Kobe A.D., released in November 2016.
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.
A shoe line that extends past retirement puts Bryant in an elite league with Michael Jordan. Largely considered the greatest basketball player of all-time, Jordan seems to embrace the friendly competition, as he gifted Bryant a full set of sneakers from the Air Jordan line — a total of 30 pairs — for his retirement.
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Kobe Bryant’s Venture Capital 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.
Kobe Bryant Family
Married to his long-time love Vanessa Laine Bryant since 2001, the basketball star got engaged when Laine Bryant was still in high school. The couple hit a rough patch in December 2011 when she filed for divorce amid allegations he was unfaithful, 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 revealed to Extra that he and Vanessa might try for a fourth child, which she is hoping will be a boy.
The family resides in Newport Beach, Calif., where the median home price is $2.4 million, according to Realtor.com. Not much is known about their current residence, but they sold their 8,000-square-foot home in the same town for $6.1 million in 2015 — a record-breaking price for the area in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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