About Rob Pelinka
Rob Pelinka, whose full name is Robert Todd Pelinka Jr. He’s an American former college basketball player, basketball executive, lawyer, and sports agent. He played college basketball from 1988 to 1993 as a point guard of his native Lake Forest team. Now, he is the current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers team from the NBA (National Basketball Association) ad the Vice President of the Basketball Operations.
How did Rob Pelinka earn his net worth?
What makes the businessman so rich are his many business ventures. In 1996, after he passed the Illinois bar examination and received his license to praise, Rob joined the law firm, Mayer Brown. Two years later, he began working for the SFX management as an agent who represented many established names in the NBA – Kobe Bryant, Eddy Curry, Tracy McGrady, and Kwame Brown. He was also the agent of Bryant by the time of his controversial sexual assault case that took place in July 2003. By the end of the century, he was able to earn more than $1 million from his work as a lawyer, agent, and basketball executive.
At the peak of his career, also in 2003, Pelinka founded “The Landmark Sports Agency”. For the past two decades, he has been proactively representing superstars such as Chris Kaman, Andre Iguodala, Channing Frye, Julian Wright, and Eric Gordon among many others. Besides gaining a lot of popularity when he began managing and representing Kobe Bryant, he also made millions of dollars. Just in 2010, by that time, he already had a net worth of $10 million.
Why is he so famous?
Rob Pelinka became famous in the 1990s when he became a basketball executive. He was born on December 23, 1969, in Chicago, Illinois. He’s the son of Robert Pelinka Sr. – a former high school basketball coach. He attended the Lake Crest High School and during his time there he became a high school All-American basketball player. He played in many Chicago pro-amateur leagues and found himself against local stars such as Kendall Gill, Kevin Duckworth, Mark Aguirre, and Tim Hardaway.
In 1988, the NBA superstar was recruited by the University of Michigan. By his senior season, Pelinka was moved from shooting guard to the point guard position. As a guard, he became the first Michigan Wolverine to reach nearly three of the NCAA Tournament Finals. He played in all four seasons with the Michigan Wolverine team from 1988 to 1993 and was able to achieve a lot of success. His most notable achievement is winning the NCAA Championship in 1989. A few years later, in 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Three years later, he earned a Juris Doctor cum laude from the Law School.
What makes him so successful?
Working in different fields of occupation helped Rob Pelinka become the successful man that he is today. Concurrently with representing NBA players, he also became a full-time basketball executive. In 2017, it was announced that Pelinka began working as the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. That year, he signed a five-year deal with the team, and, most recently, while maintaining his role as general manager, he was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations. Currently, besides managing the Los Angeles Lakers, Pelinka continued to work for his Landmark Sports Agency. He is also a sports agent that has represented the likes of Tyrus Jones, Buddy Hield, and Marquese Chriss to name a few.
Rob Pelinka is one of the wealthiest sports agents and NBA figures in the world. He began his career in the 1980s while attending the University of Michigan. After spending five years as part of the Michigan Wolverine team as a point guard and after he earned his Juris Doctor cum laude, he established his own law firm. Around the same time, he began working as a sports agent for influential names in the NBA, with the most notable of them all being Koby Bryant.
According to multiple sources, ever since the 2000s, with a net worth of $30 million, he has been regarded as one of the most leading sports agents in the world. Now, most recently, the businessman became a Vice President of Basketball Operations and GM to the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA.