Kobe: Gettin’ Money

06.19.09 8 years ago 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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