Kobe Bryant Joins the Athlete-Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

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Kobe Bryant's latest score? Startup investor.

The L.A. Laker, who's recently been sidelined due to an Achilles injury, announced last week his first investment in BodyArmor, a sports-drink company founded by entrepreneur Mike Repole. Repole founded and sold VitaminWater to Coca-Cola in 2007. Bryant told ESPN that he's investing millions (he wouldn't specify how much) in the company with plans to invest more in other companies and possibly launch some too. He started up Kobe Inc. to focus on building his future sports-related business empire.

The basketball star is just the latest professional athlete to catch the entrepreneurial bug over the years.

Here's a look at Inc.'s list of the entrepreneurial-athlete hall of fame: