#5 – Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant (born 23rd August, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, where he has spent his entire career, winning five NBA championships.
The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, he has had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year during the 2013-14 season and his $30.5 million salary is nearly $8 million higher than any other player. He inked a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in November 2013 that will keep his on-court salary tops in the NBA. His endorsement deals have included companies such as Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nike and Turkish Airlines.
Total Earnings: $61.5 Million
Salary/winnings: $30.5 Million
Endorsements: $31 Million