Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he played his entire 20-season career in the National Basketball Association with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships. He was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP).
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. He was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.
At 34 years and 104 days of age, he became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He became the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history on February 1, 2010, when he surpassed Jerry West. During his third year in the league, he was chosen to start the All-Star Game and was selected to start that game for a record 18 consecutive appearances until his retirement. His four All-Star MVP Awards are tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history.
At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. In 2018, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his film Dear Basketball. He passed away on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, passed away.
According to Forbes, his net worth was estimated at $350 million in 2016.
And now that he’s gone, “The Black Mamba’s” net worth was estimated to be $500 million. He retired an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and a 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He was a popular endorser of Nintendo, Turkish Airlines, and Sprite.
Nike has been his biggest endorsements deals. It was in 2013 when he secured a deal paying $10 million a year. His annual salary was $25 million. In 2016, he earned roughly $26 million from endorsements, he had total career earnings of $770 million.