darkhorse - The reasoning behind her getting a large chunk of money is largely a product of California law. BTW, it would have not been logical for her to be noticeably poorer than Kobe when children are involved. If there was a shared custody agreement and say Kobe takes the kids across to Europe while Vanessa is unable to perform similar acts. If the kids for some reason decide that they like hanging out at Dad's better even though he's been gone for a lot of time while they were growing up, Vanessa could file a legal complaint that Kobe was coercing them with money. It's a ton easier to keep things quiet if you can afford it.