Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter accident on January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant won 5 NBA titles, was named MVP of the NBA Finals twice and made the All-Star team 18 times.
Kobe Bryant Early Life
On August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kobe Bryant entered the world. His father, Joe Bryant, was a former player with the Philadelphia 76ers. His mother and father were dining out when they decided to name their son after the Kobe beef from Japan.
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. Kobe returned to the United States to play in summer basketball leagues during his preteen years. When Joe finally decided to hang up his cleats for good, he and his family returned to Philadelphia, where he enrolled at Lower Merion High School.
Kobe Bryant’s Salary And Career Earnings
Kobe Bryant made approximately $328 million only in pay during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. In 2010, an NBA player signed a three-year, $90 million contract extension. A two-year, $48.5 million contract was added to his name in 2013. When Kobe retired from the NBA, he had a $25 million paycheck.
Approximately $350 million of Kobe’s fortune came from endorsement deals. That added $680 million to his lifetime earnings.
Nike, Sprite, McDonald’s, Turkish Airlines, Lenovo, Hublot, and Panini are just a few of the brands he’s been officially endorsed by. Due to his immense popularity there, Kobe was able to get lucrative endorsement deals with Chinese firms like Alibaba, Sina.com, and Mercedes Benz.
For the first several years of his career, he was under Adidas’ sponsorship. His six-year deal with Adidas, inked before the 1996 season, was for $48 million.
In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Kobe in 2003, many of his sponsorship deals were discontinued. One company that did sign him that year was Nike, which gave him a four-year agreement for $10 million annually. For two years, Nike notably avoided using Kobe in any promotional materials involving the company’s endorsement deal with him.
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Kobe Bryant’s Net Worth