Kobe Bryant's net worth: All about his massive $600 million fortune


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Kobe Bryant was a celebrated basketball player with an NBA career that spanned 20 years. He was one of the sports world's highest-paid athletes of all time, and at the time of his death, Forbes reported that his net worth is valued at $600 million. The basketball star earned $680 million throughout his career in the NBA alone, not to mention what he accrued from the endorsement deals, partnerships, and investments he made before and after his retirement in 2016. 

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He and daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, leaving behind his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and their other three girls--Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. No money in the world could ever replace a husband or a father, but the athlete made sure that his loved ones were well taken care of financially.

He was the highest paid NBA star of all time.

He was the highest paid NBA star of all time.

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At the time of his retirement in 2016, Kobe had received a total of $680 million in earnings throughout his entire basketball career and as part of the Lakers. He became the highest-earning team athlete during his playing career, surpassing Michael Jordan. Other individual sports athletes to earn more than him are Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather.

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He also had several endorsements with major names like Nike.

The athlete appeared in commercials for major brands like Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Mercedes-Benz, and Hublot, with paychecks in the millions that added to his fortune. He also had his own sneaker line with Nike, which fans have rushed to purchase since his death. 

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Kobe was all about investing to build his wealth.

Kobe was vocal about his interest in investing and said that aside from basketball, investing would become part of his legacy going forward. He wanted the world to see what it was like to build generational wealth, and he was well on the path to becoming a billionaire. He began investing prior to his retirement from the sport, investing in the Bodyarmor SuperDrink company for $6 million in March 2014. The Coca-Cola Company purchased a minority stake in the company in August 2018, raising the valuation of Kobe's stake to about $200 million.

Kobe partnered with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel.

Following his retirement in 2016, the basketball star announced that he was partnering with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel to start the Bryant Stibel firm with a $100 million venture-capital fund to invest in media, technology, and data businesses. The businessman remembered Kobe in a heartfelt post that lamented the loss of all that had been in store for the athlete's future. "My dear friend, this isn’t possible. We both knew what was ahead and it was so special. The next chapter in the decades to come were going to change everything. People keep talking about what you did, but all I keep thinking about was what was ahead," he wrote. "Your legacy will continue to unfold and grow in the achievements of the people you have touched. My heart breaks for Gigi, it aches for Vanessa and the girls. I refuse to believe you are gone--you will always be with us and we will live up to your impossible standards. I love you my friend."

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He launched various businesses.

Aside from his investments, Kobe formed Granity Studios, and it became an award-winning multimedia company focused on creating new ways to tell stories around sports. He became the first African American to win the Academy Award for best animated short film in 2018 for the film Dear Basketball.

The world won't get to watch Kobe's second act.

After the news of his death, many people took to social media to react to the tragedy. Former President Barack Obama sent out a message that resonated with many. He mentioned how the young 41-year-old basketball legend was just getting started. His career as an athlete may have come to an end, but the rest of his life was still unfolding--a life that would have surely inspired many. "Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act," the president wrote.