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K-pop idols are no ordinary musicians. Indeed, they sing, rap and dance on stage, but they also act in dramas and movies, make numerous TV show appearances and are commercial brand models. (Shutterstock/Boontoom Sae-Kor)
K-pop idols are no ordinary musicians. Indeed, they sing, rap and dance on stage, but they also act in dramas and movies, make numerous TV show appearances and are commercial brand models. It is only natural that K-pop’s biggest names rake in tons of won.
Here are today’s top-10 K-pop idols with their highest net worth, as reported by E! Online:
10. Taeyang (US$ 10 million)
Bigbang’s main vocalist Taeyang is well-known for his warm vocals and wondrous dancing skills. He started pursuing a solo career in 2008 with his award-winning first extended play/mini album (EP) Hot. His single “Eyes, Nose and Lips” topped the Billboard K-pop Hot 100 and was named Song of the Year at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards. He is also rumored to have a lot of interests in real estate.
9. Suzy ($10+ million)
Suzy debuted as a member of Miss A in 2010. Despite the group’s explosive debut and continuous success, Suzy has gained more popularity with her solo activities. Her movie debut in Architecture 101 saw her hailed as Korea’s Icon of First Love, and countless commercial deals earned her the nickname CF “commercial film” Queen.
8. Yoona ($11 million)
Korea’s most iconic girl group Girls’ Generation has Yoona as its central member. Her character Sae-byuk from the 2008 hit drama You Are My Destiny made Yoona a household name among all generations in Korea. Recently, she has been engaged in various activities in both Korea and China, including endorsements, ambassadorships and philanthropy.
7. BoA ($14 million)
BoA has been in the industry for 17 years, debuting at the young age of 15. She has paved the way for other K-pop artists in Japan, as the only foreign artist with three albums selling more than 1 million copies. She has been appointed as her management SM Entertainment’s creative director while busy being a judge and mentor on singing reality TV shows.
6. IU ($15 million)
In an industry dominated by boy and girl groups, IU consistently rules the charts as a solo singer-songwriter. Also debuting at 15 years old, IU has scored three number-one albums and 20 number-one singles on Korea’s Billboard Hot 100 equivalent Gaon Music Charts. Her unrivaled power in the digital charts has earned her the nickname “digital monster” among K-pop listeners.
5. Sandara Park ($16 million)
Sandara, or Dara, risked her immense popularity as an actress in the Philippines to re-debut in Korea as a 2NE1 member. She became even more popular afterward, known as 2NE1’s baby-faced member with a unique fashion sense. Though the group disbanded in 2017, she still actively endorses multiple fashion brands and appears in many TV commercials.
4. Rain ($20 million)
Considered a mentor to today’s idols, Rain’s legacy consists of seven albums, 28 singles and numerous worldwide concert tours. He established his status as a Hallyu (Korean wave) star in 2004 thanks to his album It’s Raining and his lead role in the drama Full House. His wedding to top actress Kim Tae-hee last year was one of the hottest topics in the Korean entertainment industry.
3. G-Dragon ($21 million)
One of Korea’s best-known names, G-Dragon is a K-pop icon. As the leader of Bigbang, he has multiple hit songs under his belt, but with his solo career he has added mega hits such as “Heartbreaker”, “That XX” and “Crooked” to the list. He also has written or co-written 23 number-one songs on the Gaon Music Charts, and the royalties he has received from them are said to make him one of Korea’s richest songwriters.
2. Choi Siwon ($35 million)
Siwon is famous in the K-pop scene for his fortune. His family is said to be very rich, but Siwon himself has definitely gained lots of money. Despite being a member of Super Junior, Siwon is involved in tons of individual activities, from acting and modeling, to songwriting. He is also known as a philanthropist. In 2015 he was appointed as the special representative of the South Korea committee for UNICEF.
1. PSY ($45 million)
PSY became one of Korea’s best-known faces with the worldwide phenomenon “Gangnam Style”, which has over 3.2 billion views on YouTube. Though he has not released anything to rival its success, his following singles such as “Gentleman”, “Hangover” and “Daddy” still became massive hits. His latest album 4x2=8, released last year, saw its lead single “I Luv It” topping the Gaon Music Charts. (iru/mut)
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