Vanessa Bryant, an American model, and philanthropist have been in the spotlight after the tragic death of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gianna. Kobe and their daughter died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
The death of the great basketball player has left their family, friends, and fans heartbroken. Still, the one who is devastated the most is Vanessa Bryant who lost her husband and daughter.
Also, she has the responsibility of her other 3 daughters, Bianka Bella Bryant, Capri Kobe Bryant, and Natalia Diamante Bryant on her shoulders.
Ever since the whole incident has happened, Vanessa Bryant has been leading a lawsuit against the spread of lifeless images of her husband and daughter.
Vanessa and their daughters will inherit Kobe’s fortune as he is no longer alive and left everything for them only. Vanessa Laine Bryant has a net worth of $600 million as of February 2021, as per the latest figures.
Even though Kobe Bryant’s long-term contract with Nike has come to an end, NBA fans may see more of the ‘Mamba’ in the future.
More than 13 trademarks have been submitted on behalf of Bryant’s estate since May 2020, according to a recent examination of court documents, implying that a standalone brand could be in the works.
Netizens are now curious if Vanessa Bryant, the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s wife, has a business plan of her own that includes either her husband’s or her daughter’s name.
The Early Life of Vanessa Laine Bryant
Vanessa Laine was born in Los Angeles in 1982. She is of German, Irish, Mexican, and English descent. She was three years old when her father died and her mother Sofia Urbeita.
Her mother got married to Stephen Laine whose surname Vanessa took. Vanessa was attached to her mother.
Vanessa’s mother was a single parent with many hardships of long and tiring work hours.
Her mother helped her to become a person of good character and compassion followed by a good work ethic. Later, Vanessa mentioned that her mother’s actions helped her in standing where she is today.
Vanessa attended Saint Boniface Parochial school in 1996 before getting transferred to Marina High school where she graduated in 2000.
She stumbled into the modeling career but her core interest lies in makeup artistry and acting. Later, she made appearances in many music videos for Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Ludacris, and others.
How Did Kobe and Vanessa Meet?
Nobody can imagine that her unexpected career would lead Vanessa to marry the man of her dreams!
As teenagers, Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant met while they both were filming for a music video. They both dated for six months and got engaged in a short span. They both married on April 18, 2001, on Vanessa’s 18th birthday.
Kobe’s parents and the other members of his family did not attend the ceremony because they disapproved of his choice because she is Latina.
They both were living a happy and prosperous married life. They had some differences when Vanessa had filed a divorce in 2001 due to a scandal with Kobe, which lead things towards divorce. They had two daughters by then.
At that time, she took a $75 million dollar property and cash as a settlement. It was half of their total asset during that time.
He apologized to Vanessa with a great gesture, gifting her an atonement ring.
As a result, the couple canceled the divorce and added two more daughters to the family.
The 6 were living happily before the tragedy happened.
Kobe Bryant’s Fortune
Vanessa Laine Bryant has a net worth of $600 million as of February 2021, as per the latest figures.
In this case, the majority of the money has come from her husband’s basketball career. The couple had a huge financial gap when they both met. But, it did not stop the lovebirds from getting married in April 2001 at the Catholic Church.
Kobe had left a huge sum of fortune for his wife and daughters by spending 20 years as a professional player in his NBA career. He did venture projects, endorsement deals, and a variety of media projects which made him billions.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Vanessa Laine Bryant advertised her home in the Summit at Turtle Ridge subdivision for $2 million. The couple purchased the castle-like home in the year 2012.
The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is 2,200 square feet in size. It also included a stone patio, a fireplace, and a sophisticated ground spa. She is currently residing in Newport, Rhode Island, with her daughters.
A study of legal filings on behalf of the basketball legend’s estate shows that more than 13 trademarks since May 2020, according to intellectual property attorney Josh Gerben. “The filings would suggest that Vaness Bryant is creating an IP portfolio for a new brand launch,” Gerben told CNBC.
The termination of Kobe Bryant’s two-decade partnership with Nike was announced earlier this week. Bryant was an integral element of Nike’s profound connection to consumers, according to a statement, and despite the contractual relationship ending, he remains a much-cherished member of the Nike family.
Last year, Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter. At the time of his death, the five-time NBA champion was 41 years old.
Vanessa Bryant is the only successor of Kobe Bryant’s company, Vanessa’s mother filed a complaint against her to get a sum of 5 million dollars. She claimed this amount for becoming the babysitter of her daughters.
After looking over the facts, we can conclude that Vanessa and Kobe Bryant have a vast empire, and with this money, she may live a happy and fruitful life.
Despite all this, she is having a hard time after the death of her husband and daughter but she is trying to keep the memories of both of them alive through her admirable efforts. They all have to endure the loss for their entire life.