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Kobe Bryant built a business empire extending far beyond basketball

LOS ANGELES - In the twilight of Kobe Bryant's career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 18-time All-Star shared a vision with billionaire Chris Sacca: When his time in basketball ended, he would become an investor.

"To the shock of a couple other people sitting with us, I replied, 'Kobe, I'm sorry, but I just don't take you that seriously,' " Sacca recalled in an email to the Los Angeles Times. "He laughed ... then said, 'What would change that?' "

Sacca gave Bryant a list of books, videos, TED talks and podcasts to study about startups and investing, figuring that would be the end of it.

"But over the

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