Kobe Bryant Net Worth 2015
Kobe Bryant is an American basketball player. He is currently a representative of the team named Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association, where he is the shooting guard. He plays wearing the jersey no. 24. Kobe was born on 23rd August, 1978. This 1.98 m player is one of the wealthiest basketball players. Let us take a look at Kobe Bryant Net Worth 2015, and a quick glance at his life so far.
Name: Kobe Bryant
Country: United States
Net Worth: $300 Million
Annual Salary: $30.5 Million
Date of Birth: August 23, 1978
Place of Birth: Philadelphia
Profession: Basketball player, Athlete
Kobe Bryant Net Worth
Kobe Bryant, basketball legend and one of the very best players of recent time, needs no introduction because of his glorious achievements throughout his career is enough to place him among the greatest players. He became the winner of the NBA championship five times in two spells from 2000 to 2002 and from 2009 to 2010. He became the NBA Finals MVP twice consecutively in 2009 and 2010 after he became the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008. Bryant was selected in the NBA All-Star team a record 16 times in 1998 and again from 2000 to 2014. He was also named the NBA All-Star Game MVP four times in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Bryant was included in All-NBA First Team for a total 11 times in two spells from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2013. He was also a part of the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times in three spells from 2000, from 2003 to 2004, and again from 2006 to 2011.
Kobe Bryant, the 36-year old basketball star, in the last season of NBA, has earned a total of $62 million according to the report published by Forbes. During the 2013-14 season of NBA, he had the highest salary for the fourth consecutive year. Kobe earned a salary of $30.5 million in the last season which is approximately $8 million higher than any other players of NBA. In November 2013, he signed a two-year contract extension worth $48.5 million which secured his place at the top of NBA’s highest salary draw. Kobe earned a total of $31 million from several of his endorsements. To buy more than 10% stake of emerging sports drink BodyArmour, he also invested nearly $6 million last year which was the first investment by his new company Kobe Inc.
Kobe Bean Bryant aka just Kobe Bryant currently has an estimated total net worth of $300 million. He also earned a total of more than $30 million annually from several of his major endorser such as Turkish Air, Hublot, Lenovo, Panini and Nike, besides his L.A Lakers Season Salary of $30.5 million. Rob Pelinka is currently serving as his agent and Kobe is tied with Landmark Sports Agency. In December, 2011, he filed for divorce after ten and half years of marriage with Vanessa. His wife took possession of three mansions in the Newport Beach, California as the settlement, which are estimated to be worth $18.8 million according to property records. It is also rumored that the divorce settlement is likely to cost him around $100-150 million.
According to Wealth-X which is a firm that provides analytics for high-net-worth luxury brands and private banks besides other services, in a study that ranked wealthy professional basketball players, Kobe Bean is placed at the top of their rich list. It was also stated that Kobe makes his earnings from salary, and that “This is supplemented by multimillion-dollar endorsements with Nike, Coca Cola, Turkish Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, Lenovo, Panini and Hublot.” Wealth-X President David Friedman, while talking about the study to rank the richest basketball players stated, “Against the backdrop of the NBA Draft last week, it is interesting to explore the correlation between talent, performance and net worth that is revealed in this ranking.”
Kobe Bryant is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the youngest of three children and also the only son of Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. Kobe is also the maternal nephew of John “Chubby” Cox, he former NBA’s Chicago Bulls player. He was named after the famous beef of Japan called “Kobe Beef”, after his parents saw the menu in a restaurant. From his father’s nickname “Jellybean”, he got his middle name “Bean”. Kobe’s father moved his family to Rieti in Italy to continue playing professional basketball after he left the NBA when Kobe was only six years old. He learned to speak Italian and Spanish and was raised Roman Catholic. After Joe Bryant’s retirement in 1991 from professional basketball, Kobe’s family moved back to the United States.
During his high school career at Lower Merion High School, located in the Philadelphia, suburb of Lower Merion called Ardmore, Kobe Bryant first gained national recognition. During his junior year, he achieved an average of 31.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game and was named Pennsylvania Player of the Year. His amazing record attracted attention from many of the famous college recruiters such as Duke, Villanova, North Carolina and Michigan. At the Adidas ABCD camp, Kobe achieved the 1995 senior MVP award. Kobe became the Southeastern Pennsylvania’s all-time leading scorer and ended his high school career at 2,883 points while surpassing both Wilt Chamberlain and Lionel Simmons.
For his performance during senior year, Kobe achieved several awards that include being named Naismith High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Men’s National Basketball Player of the Year, McDonald’s All-American and USA Today All-USA First Team player. Kobe’s varsity coach Greg Downer once described him as “a complete player who dominates”. When he was just 17-year-old, Kobe made the decision of being a NBA high school draftee and go directly into the NBA. Kobe’s news got the attention of the Media and crowd as prep-to-pro NBA players were not very common that time. He also secured his admission to any college he chose while achieving his SAT score of 1080.
Kobe’s international basketball career met with a hectic start. Kobe declined to play in the 2000 Olympics as he was getting married in the off-season. He also declined to play in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. He again withdrew due to surgeries after he was selected for the FIBA Americas Championship 2003 and then replaced by Vince Carter. Due to his involvement with a legal case, Kobe again had to withdraw from the Olympic team. . His senior international career finally started with the United States national team as a member of the 2007 USA Men’s Senior National Team and USA FIBA Americas Championship Team in 2007. His team won gold and then qualified the United States men for the 2008 Olympics.
For his shooting a fall-away jump shot, Kobe became very popular in his early career. Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated journalist, described Kobe’s most famous moves, where instead of bringing the jab foot back he jabs his non-pivot foot forward to let the defender relax, as the “jab step-and-pause”. Kobe has been criticized for being too selfish with the ball in certain situations besides his amazing achievements and track records throughout his career. As a real fact, he missed more field goal attempts in his career than any other participants in the NBA history. Phil Jackson once said, “Kobe tends to force the action, especially when the game isn’t going his way. When his shot is off, Kobe will pound away relentlessly until his luck turns.”
In January 2002, Kobe bought a Mediterranean-style mansion located at cul-de-sac in Newport Coast, Newport Beach for $4 million. Before he started the 1996–97 NBA season, he signed a six-year contract with Adidas worth approximately $48 million. Equipment KB 8 was Kobe’s first signature shoe. He also signed a five-year worth $40–45 million contract with Nike, Inc later on. In “NBA ’07: Featuring the Life Vol. 2”, Kobe was selected as the cover athlete. Kobe also made his appearance in the commercials for the video games Guitar Hero World Tour in 2008 and Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010. As the face of their “Black Mamba collection”, Kobe signed a contract with Nubeo in 2009. The luxury sports watches of the collection ranged from $25,000 to $285,000.
Kobe has made undeniable contributions to the sport of basketball and naturally, he is one of the highest paid athletes in the industry. Fans expect him to create more of such memorable moments, which will likely make him not only more popular but also the earner of greater fortune.
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