Kobe: Gettin’ Money

By: 06.19.09  •  30 Comments
Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

Like you needed another reason to hate on Kobe. Forbes unveiled its list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2009, and Kobe is near the top, along with a few other NBA players. Combining salary and endorsements, here are the notables:

* Tiger Woods is #1 with approximately $110 million in earnings in the last year. (And consider that Tiger missed a lot of opportunities at tournament prize money due to his knee injury.)

* Kobe is tied for second place with Michael Jordan and Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen at $45 million.

* LeBron is tied for sixth ($40 million) with Manny Pacquiao and golfer Phil Mickelson.

* Shaq ($33 million) is tied for 11th with Roger Federer.

* Kevin Garnett ($30 million) is tied for 17th with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, Derek Jeter and soccer superstar Ronaldinho.

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