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Kobe Bryant ranks at No.3 on the NBA’s highest paid players this year with a total of $50 million in earnings. However, when it comes to total career earnings, Kobe is the king.
Throughout his 20-year career, the Mamba has earned $680 million. According to Forbes, Bryant is the highest earning player in the history of team sports. Only Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and Michael Schumacher have earned more money than Kobe.
Kobe Bryant is No. 3 with earnings of $50 million. His $25 million salary with the Los Angeles Lakers is the NBA’s top paycheck for the past six seasons. Bryant and Michael Jordan are the only two NBA players to earn at least $30 million for a single season. Bryant announced in November that he would retire after the season via a poem on Derek Jeter’s Players’ Tribune website. His $680 million in total earnings during his career, including endorsements, is the most ever by an athlete in team sports. The only athletes to earn more: Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher and Floyd Mayweather.
Bryant began his transition from NBA player to business in 2013 when he set up Kobe Inc. His first target was a mid-seven figures investment for more than 10% of emerging sports drink BodyArmor. Bryant told Forbes at the time that he wanted Kobe Inc. to “redefine the sports industry while inspiring the world.” In October, Bryant made a “significant” investment in The Players Tribune. Bryant also reached a wide-ranging deal last year with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba that included the release of his documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”; plans for a series a Kobe-branded products; and a new social media platform.