Quick Facts of

  • First NameKobe Bryant
  • Date of Birth30 September, 2023
  • Net Worth$ 50 0million
  • CareerPlayer
  • Age43 Years
  • Height6 Feet 4 inch
  • WifeVanessa Laine

How Much Was Kobe Bryant Worth?

One of the most followed former NBA players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant, aka. Black Mamba, was estimated to have a net worth of around $500 million at the time of his death. Though Forbes claimed his wealth to be over $770 million.

Considered as one of the most talented basketball players in the National Basketball Association history, Bryant made on the top 5 list of highest-paid sportsperson before his retirement.

Multi-Millionaire Kobe Bryant‘s Fortune – Income Sources, Salary, Earnings, Stats

Kobe Bryant was estimated to have a net worth of around $500 million according to Celebrity Net Worth, whereas The Richest claimed his worth approximately $350 million.

He collected his huge fortune from his eminent professional basketball career.  

The six feet six inches tall in height, Bryant started his career in 1996 and retired from the court in 2016. Throughout his career, he played only for Los Angeles Lakers which included players like Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and many others.

In 1996, he signed a three-year contract with Lakers worth around $3.5 million as a rookie with an annual salary of around $1 million. Here is the list of his salary over the years.

YearsEarnings / Salary
1997$1 million
1998$1.1 million
1999$1.3 million
2000$9 million
2001$10.1 million
2002$11.2 million
2003$12.3 million
2004$13.5 million
2005$14.1 million
2006$15 million
2007$19.4 million
2008$21.2 million
2009$23 million
2010$23 million
2011$20 million
2012$20.3 million
2013$27.9 million
2014$30.5 million
2015$23.5 million
2016$25 million

Did You Know? Bryant was named as an NBA prodigy. He was directly drafted straight from high school to the pros. (He was drafted in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac.)


He retired on 13 April 2016 with the total career stats of 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds, and 6,306 assists. He was regarded as one of the most dangerous scorers in NBA history like Jordan.

He was often compared with Michael Jordan as most of his skills are inspired by Jordan and Bryant himself molded & polished the playing style. In response to the comparison, Bryant said:

“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”

Back in 2013, Kobe Bryant was ranked #5 on the Forbes list of the highest-paid athlete after Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, and Lionel Messi. The same source disclosed that he made around $328 million salaries throughout his career.

Interesting Fact: Kobe Bryant assigned himself the nickname of the Black Mamba in his book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play.

Instagram Earnings, Endorsements, Investments

Kobe Bryant inspired many people to play basketball all over the world. Moreover, he also used to influenced several rising players through social media.


Bryant sealed the endorsement deal with Adidas at the start of his career. In 1996, he signed the 6 years deal with Adidas worth around $48 million at that time.

Likewise, in 2001, he landed 5 years lucrative agreement of $10 million with McDonald’s and $45 million costing promotional ads for Nike in 2003 for 5 years.

His earnings from endorsements from 2012 to 2016 are listed below.

YearsEndorsements Earnings
2012$32 million
2013$34 million
2014$34 million
2016$25 million

In the like manner, he also signed a contract with brands and companies like Nutella, Coco-Cola, Nuebo, Turkish Airlines, and many others.

Besides earnings from Endorsements, Bryant also made a good sum of money from investments in several organizations and business ventures.

Back in 2014, he made a 10 % investment in SuperDrink Company BodyArmour which was claimed to be worth around $6 million.

Recently in 2018, BodyArmour’s minority share was bought by Coca Cola which increased his $6 million investment to around $200 million.


Did You Know? His endorsements deals with Nutella and McDonald’s were not renewed because of his sexual allegation charges which were confirmed in 2004.

In 2013, Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel started their venture capital, Bryant-Stibel. They launched the company by investing $100 million to start the venture. The firm was started with the capital of $200 million which provides the strategic, operational and financial support to industries focusing on media, gaming, data, and technology.

Kobe Bryant’s Involvement In Charity Works

Kobe Bryant was active as a social activist too. He launched his family foundation, The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation that helps in improving the lives of youth by providing financial resources.

Moreover, Kobe also started Kobe Bryant China Fund in partnership with Soong Ching Ling Foundation which raised around $6.15 million. The Fund made the donation of around $732 thousand to children in quake-hit Sichuan province.

He supported charities and charitable firms like After-School All-Stars, Aid Still Required, Make-A-wish Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and many others. Back in 2013, he with his organization raised around $30 thousand for charity.

Assets, Houses, Cars, Expenses, Taxes, Insurances

After his retirement, resided in his $21.3 million mansion located in Orange County, California. The house is featured in 15,760 square feet house boasting, inbuilt gym, sauna, a big garage, and steam room.

Previously, the former NBA star Kobe Bryant owned three homes in the same area. Likewise, he also sold his $4 million costing four-bedroom Newport Coast house for $6.1 million in 2015.

Inside his garage, he had a drool-worthy cars collection having notable cars like Ferrari 360 Modena ($83,119 to $94,515), Ferrari 458 Italia (starts from $230 thousand), Lamborghini Aventador (base price $393 thousand), Lamborghini Murcielago ($354 thousand to $382 thousand) and many others.

Taxes Payments And Insurance Plans

A source reported that he was liable to pay around $11.4 million as Tax in 2014 as the owner of the net worth of over $300 million.

Kobe Bryant had the insurance of his ankle done by Nike in 2009. He was also active in the campaign of Not My Broken Ankles launched by Nike.

Kobe Bryant Family, Children

Kobe Bryant aka Kobe Bean Bryant was born on 23 August 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born to parents, Joe Bryant and Pam Bryant. He has two siblings; both sisters, Sharia Bryant and Shaya Bryant.

Bryant was married to his long-time girlfriend Vanessa Laine. They exchanged their marital vows on 18 April 2001 in front of closed family members. Bryant’s parents did not attend his wedding as the Interracial relationship was not approved by his parents.

The couple is blessed with four children; all daughters, Natalia Diamante, Gianna Maria-Onore, Bianka Bella, and Capri Kobe.


Back in 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce against Kobe citing irreconcilable behavior and requesting for the joint custody of their children. However, on 11 January 2013, the lovebirds announced that they called off their divorce.

Regarding his past affairs, he was in a romantic relationship with Jameike Williams, Brandy Norwood, Vanessa Curry, Katelyn Faber, and Jessica Burciaga.

Sudden Death

LA Lakers and basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant and seven others just 30 miles (48 km) far from downtown Los Angeles on 26th January 2020.

The star and his daughter were with the assistant girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School in the helicopter. All of them were going to attend a basketball game at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where Gianna was to play, and Bryant was to coach.

According to a meteorologist from CNN, the visibility at the time of the crash was very low, and relative humidity was also 100%, which might have made it difficult for the pilot to fly Kobe Bryant’s private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.

His widow Vanessa Bryant has filed a lawsuit against the company blaming them for the loss of her husband, daughter, and six other passengers.