Kobe Bryant net worth 2020: Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player who had a net worth of $600 million at the time of his death. Tragically, Kobe Bryant died on January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash. Kobe Bryan was an 18X NBA All-Star, a 5X NBA Champion and 2X NBA Finals Champion. kobe bryant net worth
Early Life: Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, Joe Bryant, was a former player for the Philadelphia 76ers. His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan which they saw on a menu at a restaurant. When Kobe was six, Joe retired from the NBA and moved the family to Italy where he continued playing in a European league. Kobe learned to speak Italian fluently. During summers as a pre-teen, Kobe would return to the US to participate in basketball summer leagues. When Joe retired from playing altogether, the family moved back to Philadelphia where he attended Lower Merion High School.
Kobe excelled at basketball in high school where he lead his team to their first state championship in 53 years. He was quickly named Gatorade’s Men’s National Basketball player of the year and the USA Today’s All USA first team player. His SAT score was high enough to get him into many colleges with a scholarship but Kobe opted to go straight to the pros. Kobe is the youngest played in history to be drafted into the NBA.
Kobe was initially drafted by the Hornets but was instantly traded to the Lakers in a prearranged deal. Because he was 17, Kobe’s parents had to cosign his rookie contract. His first NBA contract was a three-year $3.5 million deal.
Kobe Bryant Salary And Career Earnings: During his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant earned just over $328 million in salary alone. Some notable contracts include a three-year $90 million extension signed in 2010. In 2013 he signed a 2-year $48.5 million extension.
He also earned approximately $350 million from endorsements for a total of $680 million in NBA carer earnings. During his final year in the NBA, Kobe earned $25 million. His most notably endorsements include Nike, Sprite, McDonald’s, Turkish Airlines Lenovo, Hublot and Panini. Kobe’s popularity in China enabled him to sign lucrative Chinese-specific endorsement deals with companies including Alibaba, Sina.com and Mercedes Benz.
He was signed to Adidas for the first years of his career. His Adidas contract, which was signed before the 1996 season, was worth $48 million over six years.
Many of Kobe’s endorsement deals were canceled in the wake of his sexual assault allegations in 2003. A notabley exception was Nike which that same year signed him to a 4-year deal that paid $10 million per year. Interestingly, Nike did not use Kobe in any sponsorship works for two years.