Kobe Bryant

Born: August 23, 1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States;

Died: January 26, 2020 (age 41), Calabasas, California;

Position: Co-Founder, General Partner;

Company: Bryant Stibel Investments

Industry: Financial Services;

Country: United States

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player and businessman. Mr. Bryant is co-founder and a General Partner of Bryant Stibel, a $100 million venture-capital fund partnership with Jeff Stibel, a longtime entrepreneur and investor. 

The firm has participated in 15 transactions since its inception in 2013. The team has collectively participated in over 50 transactions across diverse industries and sectors.

Current investments include sports media website The Players Tribune, videogame designer Scopely, legal-services company LegalZoom, a telemarketing-software firm called RingDNA, Alibaba a Chinese e-commerce company and a home-juicing company called Juicero.

Mr. Bryant is a five-time National Basketball Association champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and CEO of Kobe Inc. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a NBA Most Valuable Player, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time All-NBA player, an 18-time NBA All-Star and the NBA’s No. 3 all-time scoring leader.

Since 2003, Bryant has partnered with Nike, playing a leadership role designing his footwear and leading storytelling related to Kobe Bryant product lines. In 2006, he launched the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation to give young people access to sports, mentorship and economic empowerment.

In 2009, he partnered with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation to create the Kobe China Fund, dedicated to the welfare and education of youth in China.

Historically Mr. Bryant has invested in entrepreneurial companies that share in his vision to build athletic excellence. In 2013, Mr. Bryant formed Kobe Inc., a multimedia content creation company focused on helping athletes learn the process of excellence and maximizing potential. Its first project through its Kobe Studios division, Bryant created and executive produced the documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which debuted in February 2015.

Mr. Bryant, 13 year old daughter Gianna Maria Onore and three others were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. He is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their three daughters, Natalia, Bianca and their newborn Capri.

Please Support Our Sponsors
Become a sponsor.

Recently Added Black Executives

Bill Spruill

Born: Goldsboro, North Carolina; Occupation: Businessman; Position: Co-founder & President; Company: Global Data Consortium; Industry:…

Yannick Lefang

Born: France; Occupation: Businessman; Position: Founder & CEO; Company: Kasi Insight Inc.; Industry: Market Research; Residence: Canada; …

Russ Hutchinson

Occupation: Businessman; Position: Chief Strategy Officer; Company: Goldman Sachs; Industry: Financial Services; Residence: United States; …

Asahi Pompey

Occupation: Businesswoman, Lawyer; Position: Partner, Global Head of Corporate Engagement & President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation; Company:…

Darren Dixon

Born: c. 1987; Occupation: Businessman; Position: Partner; Company: Goldman Sachs; Industry: Financial Services; Residence: United States; …

Latest News & Articles

Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna's lingerie company Savage X Fenty, known for its inclusivity of all body types, is reportedly planning a public offering at a reported $3…

Serena Williams, tennis champion and successful businesswoman and partner Alison Rapaport Stillman has raised a new fund, Inaugural Fund with $111M in…

Robin Rihanna Fenty

Robin Rihanna Fenty, the multi talented Barbadian entrepreneur, known best for her multi platinum selling music career, has raised $125 million for…

Frank Clyburn

International Flavors & Fragrances announced on January 20, 2022, the appointment of Frank Clyburn, an accomplished leader and operational executive,…

Sean Combs

Mr. Combs, 52, won back ownership with a $7.55 million bid in an auction to save Sean John from bankruptcy, according to court documents. Mr. Comb's…

Black Billionaires

Aliko Dangote

Born: April 10, 1957, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria; Occupation: Businessperson; Position: Chairman, President; Company: The Dangote Group; …

Michael Jordan

Born: February 17, 1963, Wilmington, North Carolina; Occupation: Businessman,Professional Basketball Player, Actor; Company: Charlotte Bobcats; …

Robin Rihanna Fenty

Born: February 20, 1988, Saint Michael, Barbados; Occupation: Businesswoman, singer, songwriter, actress; Position: Co-Founder; Organizations: …

Born: June 8, 1977, Atlanta, Georgia; Occupation: Rapper, Music Producer, Fashion Designer, Businessman; Position: Founder; Company: Yeezy; …

Shawn "Jay Z" Carter

Born: December 4, 1969, Brooklyn, NY; Company: Roc Nation; Position: Founder; Industry: Media, Entertainment, Publishing, Fashion; Residence:…

FTC: Black Entrepreneur & Executive Profiles is reader supported, we may earn income on affiliate links. You support us by using our links to buy products, it will cost you nothing extra.

We also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Learn more...