Vanessa Bryant, May 5, 1982, is an American philanthropist, business executive, and former model. She became a public figure after her marriage to basketball player Kobe Bryant. They founded the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation in 2007 to provide scholarships to minority college students worldwide. Bryant leads the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation to support child athletes who are in need. She is the president and chief executive officer of Granity Studios.