Kobe Bryant Net WorthReal Name: Kobe Bryant
Date of Birth: 08/23/1978
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2017 Net Worth: $328 Million
2016 Earnings: $62 Million
Profession: Professional basketball player
Kobe Bryant Biography
Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia in 1978. His parents named him after the famous beef that comes from Kobe, Japan. His father, Joe Bryant, was a professional basketball player who left the NBA when Bryant was only 6. They moved to Italy so that his father could continue to play basketball. Due to this, Bryant is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English. He spent summers in the US playing in a summer basketball league. Bryant began playing basketball when he was a mere 3 years old and he loved the Lakers. When Bryan’s father retired, the family returned to the United States.
Bryant excelled at basketball while in high school, leading his school team to their first state championship win in 53 years. Although Bryant’s SAT scores were excellent, he chose to bypass college and go directly to professional play. Originally drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, he quickly chose to be traded to the team of his dreams, The Los Angeles Lakers. His original contract was for 3 years at $3.5 million. Bryant was 18 years old and was the youngest starter in the history of the NBA. Soon he started every game. At the end of his first contract, he signed a 6 year, $70 million contract.
Bryant and the Lakers would go on to win 5 NBA championships. Bryant played in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and won a gold medal both times. Bryant is the highest paid NBA player and signed a $48.5 million, 2 year contract in November of 2013. Bryant’s lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, Panini, and Lenovo are worth more than $30 million per year.
Bryant has a current net worth of $ 328 million. It was believed in 2012 that he might lose half of that when his wife filed for divorce, however, the couple reconciled in January of 2013 and the divorce proceedings were cancelled.
In November of 2015, the 37 year old Bryant announced that this would be his last season and that he had “no more left to give”. Bryant said in a news release that his heart could take the pounding, but his body no longer could and that it was time to say goodbye. Bryant will be greatly missed by Laker fans everywhere.