'Kobe Bryant' Net Worth: So Exactly How Much Did the NBA Player Earn?

Dec 08, 2015 06:46 AM EST | By abbie uychiat

Known as the only player to make more than $30 million for a single season [other than Michael Jordan], Kobe Bryant has become an NBA legend. News broke out the Bryant will finally be hanging his jersey as he'd bid basketball good bye. Fans were heartbroken upon finding out that their beloved basketball player will finally retire by the end of the season.

With a net worth of $2.6 billion, Kobe has gone a long way. As per Celebrity Net Worth, these numbers however will continually increase as his NBA carrier is about to end. His salary as a rookie player started off with only $1.01 million, after his deal expired however he had a $70 million extension back in 1999. Over the past six seasons, his salary continually increased where in his salary increased to $9 million for the 1999-2000 season, and for the 2004-2005 season he was paid $14.175 million.

As his basketball skills strengthened, Lakers signed him a seven year deal in the amount of $136.4 million. Though these numbers may seem high, his NBA salary is only half of his total net worth. He signed up with numerous product endorsements which continually earned him more cash. One f the first few companies that signed him an endorsement deal was Adidas. He then signed a deal of $10 million per year with Nike back in 2003.  His shoes were accounted for $105 million for the company sales.

Not only was he with famous show brands, Kobe also signed a deal with Nintendo, Sony, Sprite, McDonald's, Hublot, and Mercedes Benz. These endorsements however are only a few of his deals. Upon undergoing a sexual assault case back in 2003 and 2004 however, Kobe did lose some of his endorsement deals such as McDonald's. His case made a negative impact among the products he endorsed causing him to lose several major contracts. 

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