Vanessa Bryant is positioned to make out like a bandit in her divorce from Kobe Bryant, in large part due to the couple’s apparent lack of a prenuptial agreement.
Coupled with 10 years of marriage, her settlement should be upwards of $75 million – half the L.A. Lakers guard’s fortune – along with support for their daughters.
Vanessa Bryant’s mom told the Los Angeles Times that the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they wed – entitling Vanessa to half of their assets.
Estimates put Kobe Bryant’s net worth at $150 million. The NBA’s highest-paid player, he earned $24.8 million last season, part of an extension worth $83.5 million.
Forbes magazine estimates that with endorsement deals, Kobe last year earned $53 million before taxes and agent fees. So basically, Vanessa is sitting pretty.
The fact the marriage lasted 10 years also gives Vanessa big advantages under California law, as she is allowed to maintain her standard of living after the split.
In the petition filed Friday, Vanessa cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. The couple says the terms have already been settled privately.
The NBA star was caught cheating with multiple women by his wife, according to sources, with good old-fashioned gossip among basketball spouses to blame.
His latest mistress is rumored to be Jessica Burciaga, but that has not been confirmed.
The lesson in all of this? Get a prenup and/or don’t cheat on your wife all the time.