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KOBE BRYANT: How the highest-paid player in the NBA spends his millions

He went to high school in the Philly suburbs, but he grew up in Italy. He loves Italian cars

He went to high school in the Philly suburbs, but he grew up in Italy. He loves Italian cars
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He once walked into a Ferrari dealership and wrote a $329,000 check for a 458 Italia

He once walked into a Ferrari dealership and wrote a $329,000 check for a 458 Italia

SOURCE: TMZ

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He also owns a Lamborghini, Bentley, and Range Rover

He also owns a Lamborghini, Bentley, and Range Rover

SOURCE: Pricing Insider

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And yet, he's not above eating at Waffle House, as he did with his wife during a recent trip to Atlanta.

And yet, he's not above eating at Waffle House, as he did with his wife during a recent trip to Atlanta.

After the Hawks game last night, Kobe Bryant took his wife to eat at Waffle House for her first time. #OnlyRight

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He owns three houses that were estimated to be worth $18.8 million in 2012. All of them are in Orange County, CA, a lengthy drive from the Staples Center

He owns three houses that were estimated to be worth $18.8 million in 2012. All of them are in Orange County, CA, a lengthy drive from the Staples Center

SOURCE: Forbes

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Kobe sold one of those houses earlier this year for $6.1 million.

Kobe sold one of those houses earlier this year for $6.1 million.

SOURCE: Orange County Register

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Luckily, he has a helicopter that he typically takes to home games. He says it saves him from sitting in traffic, and keeps his body fresh

Luckily, he has a helicopter that he typically takes to home games. He says it saves him from sitting in traffic, and keeps his body fresh
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He's pretty generous with his helicopter too. He once let teammate Steve Blake use it to go to a doctor's appointment.

He's pretty generous with his helicopter too. He once let teammate Steve Blake use it to go to a doctor's appointment.

READ MORE: Kobe Bryant Flew A Teammate To A Doctor's Appointment In His Helicopter Yesterday

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Kobe is the third-highest paid NBA player ever, with $280 million in career salary. He trails only Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal.

Kobe is the third-highest paid NBA player ever, with $280 million in career salary. He trails only Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal.
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Despite his declining production, he will still make approximately $26 million in endorsements this year with companies like Nike, Lenovo, Hublot and Panini.

Despite his declining production, he will still make approximately $26 million in endorsements this year with companies like Nike, Lenovo, Hublot and Panini.

SOURCE: SI

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However, Bryant started Kobe Inc. in 2013 to become more of a business partner as opposed to the more traditional athlete endorser. The company's first investment was a 10% stake in sports drink BodyArmor.

However, Bryant started Kobe Inc. in 2013 to become more of a business partner as opposed to the more traditional athlete endorser. The company's first investment was a 10% stake in sports drink BodyArmor.

READ MORE: Dr Pepper is betting on this Gatorade killer backed by Kobe Bryant

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In 2014, Kobe spent $5.8 million to purchase this building in Newport Beach to house the offices of Kobe Inc.

In 2014, Kobe spent $5.8 million to purchase this building in Newport Beach to house the offices of Kobe Inc.

SOURCE: Orange County Register

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Kobe Inc. has also partnered with Alibaba to produce his documentary, "Muse," and to produce and distribute Kobe-branded products in China.

Kobe Inc. has also partnered with Alibaba to produce his documentary, "Muse," and to produce and distribute Kobe-branded products in China.
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Kobe once went all-in on a rap career, even enlisting heavyweight hip-hop video director Hype Williams to direct the video for Kobe's first single, K.O.B.E.. The song was not well-received and the video was never released.

Kobe once went all-in on a rap career, even enlisting heavyweight hip-hop video director Hype Williams to direct the video for Kobe's first single, K.O.B.E.. The song was not well-received and the video was never released.

SOURCE: L.A. Times

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One good thing came out of that song, as it was during the video shoot that he met his wife, Vanessa.

One good thing came out of that song, as it was during the video shoot that he met his wife, Vanessa.

SOURCE: Fox Sports

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Unfortunately, Kobe had to buy his wife a $4 million ring after his sex scandal. It was an eight-karat purple diamond

Unfortunately, Kobe had to buy his wife a $4 million ring after his sex scandal. It was an eight-karat purple diamond

SOURCE: Yahoo!

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He was reportedly set to lose $75 million in a divorce. But he and his wife Vanessa worked things out.

He was reportedly set to lose $75 million in a divorce. But he and his wife Vanessa worked things out.
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Kobe had a strange fashion phase, before it was cool to wear strange fashion in the NBA. He appeared in an odd photoshoot for LA Weekly and teammate Ron Artest said, "He's a star. He's Kobe Bryant. He can do what he wants."

Kobe had a strange fashion phase, before it was cool to wear strange fashion in the NBA. He appeared in an odd photoshoot for LA Weekly and teammate Ron Artest said, "He's a star. He's Kobe Bryant. He can do what he wants."

SOURCE: LA Times

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However, at games, he still keeps things classy.

However, at games, he still keeps things classy.
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He still has an incredible competitive fire, one where he is willing to put his money where his mouth is. With Team USA in 2012, he challenged Kyrie Irving to a $50,000 game of one-on-one

He still has an incredible competitive fire, one where he is willing to put his money where his mouth is. With Team USA in 2012, he challenged Kyrie Irving to a $50,000 game of one-on-one

SOURCE: Yahoo Sports

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Kobe Bryant is still the NBA's highest-paid player, making $25 million this season. But there won't be another payday as a basketball player.

Kobe Bryant is still the NBA's highest-paid player, making $25 million this season. But there won't be another payday as a basketball player.

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