Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player. Tragically, Kobe Bryant died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash. Kobe Bryant was 18 times NBA All-Star, a 5 times NBA Champion, and 2X NBA Finals MVP.
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kobe Bryant’s father, Joe Bryant was a former player for the Philadelphia 76’ers. His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan which they saw on a menu at a restaurant.
Kobe Bryant Net Worth 2020
Prior to his tragic death in 2020, Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA icon Kobe Bryant amassed an incredible net worth of $600 million, according to Forbes. That’s over half a billion dollars.
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 career earnings. During his final year in the NBA, Kobe earned $25 million. His most notable 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 notable 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.