Kobe Bryant net worth and salary: Kobe Bryant is an American basketball superstar who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and has a net worth of $280 million. Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, Joe Bryant, was a former player for the Philadelphia 76ers. His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan. Kobe excelled at basketball in high school where he lead his team to their first state championship in 53 years. He was quickly named Gatorade's Men's National Basketball player of the year and the USA Today's All USA first team player. His SAT's score were good enough to get him into many colleges with a scholarship but Kobe opted to go straight to the pros.
Kobe Bryant Salary: What is Kobe Bryant's annual salary with the Lakers? $23.5 million. During his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant has earned just over $250 million in salary alone. He has earned millions more from endorsements.
He was originally drafted by the Charlotte Hornets but quickly opted to instead be traded his dream team… The Lakers. He signed a $3.5 million contract for three years and due to another player's injury immediately saw some action on the court. At 18 Kobe became the youngest starter in NBA history. It wasn't until his third year with the Lakers that he really hit his stride. He started every game and was starting to be compared to the likes of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. His third year also brought him a $70 million 6 year contract extension.
In 1999 Phil Jackson became coach of the Lakers. Jackson, Kobe and The Lakers would go on to win the NBA championship 5 times. Including three consecutive years from 2000-2002. On December 16th, 2011 Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce after 10.5 years of marriage. The couple had no pre-nup and Vanessa's divorce settlement could be in the $100-150 million range. They have since reconciled. Kobe Bryant met his wife in 1999 and the two were married on April 18th, 2001. They welcomed their first child, Natalia Diamante Bryant, on January 19th, 2003 and their second child, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, on May 1st, 2006.