Nubiapage Magazine presents you with a new list featuring the richest Korean celebrities 2021 and their net worth. South Korea, which for long was unknown and overlooked in the pop music world, made an incredible breakthrough starting in the 1990s. Today, K-Pop is a huge industry with millions of followers, approaching a 100 billion-dollar profit threshold annually.
Just to give you an idea about the size of the industry, “That Gangnam song was watched 2,8 billion times.” K-entertainment is taking the world by storm with South Korean music, TV dramas, cinema and videos of K-pop performers going viral online. But what you might not have seen are big and small screen offerings featuring everything from hardcore thrillers to the downright melodrama.
The growing popularity of Korean pop culture in the world was at least partly driven by the South Korean government supporting its creative industries through subsidies and funding for start-ups, as a form of soft power and in its aim of becoming one of the world’s leading exporters of culture along with Japanese and British culture, a niche that the United States has dominated for nearly a century. In 2014, the South Korean government allocated 1% of its annual budget to cultural industries and it had raised a $1 billion fund to nurture popular culture. During this time, Korean society began to be recognized as developed on par with the Western world.
We will be showing you the most influential and most powerful Korean celebrities as of 2020. This list will be containing the richest Korean stars from K-Pop Idols to the richest Actors and Actresses in South Korea.
Who Is The Richest Korean Celebrity 2021?
The richest celebrity in South Korea is Kim Soo Hyun with an estimated net worth of over 100 million dollars. He is also the richest Korean actor.
List Of The Richest Korean Celebrities 2020 And Their Net Worth:
1. Kim Soo Hyun – $110 million
As of 2020 Kim Soo Hyun is the richest celebrity in Korea. The popular actor was first included in the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2013 placing fourth, and subsequently ranking second in 2015, and fifth in 2016. The business magazine’s Asia edition also listed him in its 30 under 30 in 2016. The success of his television dramas throughout Asia established him as a top Hallyu star.
The popular South Korean Actor Kim Soo Hyun is a true CF star, reportedly earning nearly 100 billion KRW through roles in Korean and Chinese commercials. Kim Soo Hyun has played many successful lead roles throughout his career, including his most internationally renowned character Do Min Joon in the hit drama “My Love From the Stars.”
2. Kim Jaejoong – $88 Million
Kim Jaejoong is a popular South Korean singer, actor and composer. He is no. 1 on the list of the richest Korean celebrities 2020. The now star was given up for adoption and his adopted family changed his name to Kim Jae Joong. He has stylized his name as JaeJoong as a music artist and also went by the name Hero Jaejoong. Kim Jaejoong does have considerable wealth, he has a net worth of $100 Million USD. Reported by Allkpop, Kim Jaejoong bought a 300 square meter flat for $2.5 million in 2012 in Samsung and rented it out, with a monthly rental income of $4900 USD.
He also purchased a building (J-Line Building) for $7 million USD in 2014 in Seocho-dong and rented it out with a land area of 465 square meters, a total ground area of 1,765 square feet, one underground garage level, and seven above-ground floors, including 1-2 floors for eating and 3-6 floors for a passive income of $35,000 USD. With an estimated net worth of $88 Million as of 2020 He is known for having luxury cars such as the Bentley Continental, Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640, Mitsuoka Himiko, Audi R8, 2 Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Ferrari 458, and a Rolls-Royce Wraith.
In 2015, Jaejoong started his own fashion company called MOLDIR. He designs his own brand which he sells at his luxury clothing store in Cheongdam. He may not be the richest Korean celebrity 2020 but he is richest Kpop star as of 2020. Kim Jaejoong also owns a café with the name Cafe J-Holic in Samsung-dong. Jaejoong also has a bar in the Gagnam area with the name Holic-J. Coffee Cojjee is a coffee shop operated by Jaejoong in the Samsung-dong area. Jaejoong also has a Japanese restaurant chain Bum’s Story owned by him and Park Yoochun in Gagnam.
3. PSY (Park-Jae-sang) – $64 Million
Here comes, Before K-Pop became a dominant genre of music globally, Psy took the world by storm in 2012 when he released the song, Gangnam Style. The track, which was a single off his sixth album, Psy 6 (Six Rules), became a global phenomenon, topping several charts across the globe. He was able to make $300,000 for a single concert in Malaysia. Famous record executive Scooter Braun, the manager for Justin Bieber, is also the manager for PSY.
He is also a film star and a television star in Korea. PSY has done endorsements for brands like Sonic Drive-in, Wonderful Pistachios, and Haute couture just to name a few. He also is involved with non-profit organizations such as World Vision and Rotary International. PSY as of 2020 estimated Net Worth is set at $64 Million which makes him high at the top on the list of the richest Korean celebrities 2020
4. G-Dragon (Kwon Ji-Yong) – $53 Million
G Dragon is a name that has a significant impact upon Korean pop industry. He is a singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, fashion icon and entrepreneur. Dragon is the source of inspiration for many K-pop artists. He has not limited his skills in a particular field; instead, he has multiple talents. G-Dragon along with Big Bang are Korea’s highest paid celebrities over endorsements, reportedly having an asking price of $1–1.5 million USD per endorsement in 2011. According to Koreaboo G-Dragon purchased and moved into a luxury penthouse apartment worth ₩9 billion KRW ($7,313,510 USD) in Hannam In April 2020.
In August 2015, he became the face of Airbnb in the Asian market. In 2016, G-Dragon started endorsing Shinsegae, the largest retailer in South Korea and his merchandises were reported to take up over 49% of sales in the YG store. He also endorsed the Italian sportswear label Kappa as a part of their 100th anniversary and it was reported that he earned US$1.9 million from the brand.
He was selected as the face of Hyundai’s Verna concept vehicle, appearing at an auto show in Beijing which saw 10,000 fans gather to see him in person. As a songwriter, G-Dragon earns as much as $700,000 a year in royalties and has made his $50 million net worth via other means such as endorsement deals as well as his career as a model and fashion designer. He is 4th on the list of the richest Korean celebrities 2020.
5. Lee Young-ae – $52 million
Lee Young-ae is a popular veteran South Korean actress and model. She is currently ranked as the 5th richest Korean celebrity 2020 After appearing in numerous television commercials, she entered the world of television dramas as well as films. Dae Jang Geum (2003), and as a revenge seeking single mother in Park Chan-wook’s crime thriller film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005).
In 2012, she served as the celebrity spokesperson for the “Love Donation” project, hosted by Woman Chosun magazine. She donated a large sum of money which will be used to build a school in Myanmar. In 2006, for the first time in 12 years, NHK had to use the NHK Hall to host the NHK show due to her popularity; and stamps featuring Lee was also released in Japan.
6. Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) – $49 Million
Jung Ji-hoon, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer. Rain’s musical career includes seven albums, 28 singles and numerous concert tours around the world. Rain married Kim Tae Hee who is one of the top female actresses in Korea. The couple owns real estate in Cheongdam that is currently valued at over $35 million. Their home is valued at $5 million. Rain’s musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 28 singles and numerous concert tours around the world.
He achieved breakthrough success with his third Korean album, It’s Raining (2004), which spawned the number one single of the same name. The album sold a million copies in Asia, and established Rain as an international star. They are considered the richest celebrity couple in Korea. Rain As of 2021 is among the richest celebrities in South Korea 2021.
In December 2014, Rain started filming for his first Chinese drama Diamond Lover, co-starring Tiffany Tang. The drama premiered in July 2015 and achieved huge success, earning high ratings throughout its 24-episode run and reaching 3.3 billion views online.
7. Choi Siwon – $44 Million
Choi Si Won, also known simply as Siwon, is a popular South Korean singer and actor. Won is best known for being a member of the boy band Super Junior and its Mandopop subgroup. Siwon played lead roles on Korean dramas such as Oh! My Lady and Poseidon. He comes from a very rich family who has an estimated net worth of over $600 Million. They are the owners of the Hyundai Department Store chain. He is certainly on the list of the richest Korean celebrity 2020
Choi Siwon is a representative for Audi Korea. As in 2016, Choi Si-won is listed in Forbes magazine “30 Under 30 Asia”. Si-won is described as “one of South Korea’s most sought-after singers and actors”. Choi has joined many UNICEF campaigns since 2010. He was appointed as the special representative of the South Korea committee for UNICEF on 12 November 2015.
Upon his release from the military, Choi confirmed to volunteer for a UNICEF campaign in Vietnam from 21 to 25 August 2017. The campaign is named as “SMile for U” which is a music education programme for children with disabilities conducted in partnership with Choi’s agency
In 2015, Siwon was appointed as the special representative of the South Korea Committee for UNICEF. The majority of his income comes from China. He has endorsed companies like Black Jacket, Seoul Milk, and 12 Plus just to name a few. Choi Siwon estimated Net Worth as of 2020 $44 Million.
8. Song Hye-kyo – $31 million
Song Hye-kyo is a 38 year old South Korean actress, who has been one of the richest Korean celebrities for so long. She gained Asia-wide popularity through her leading roles in television dramas. In 2017, she ranked 7th in Forbes magazine’s Korea Power Celebrity list, and 6th in 2018. The success of Song’s television dramas internationally established her as a top Hallyu star.In August 2014, following inadvertent exposure by a politician overseeing the administration of the National Tax Service of South Korea, Song made a public apology for committing tax evasion when she claimed undocumented expenses.
9. Lee Hyori – $30 Million
Lee Hyori is a South Korean singer and TV personality born on May 10, 1979, in Cheongwon, South Korea. Her debut in the Korean entertainment industry came when she joined “first generation” K-pop girl group Fin.K.L, with Ock Joo Hyun, Lee Jin, and Sung Yu Ri in 1998. The group remained active until 2002.
Although her single was commercially successful, her drama was heavily penalized for violating advertising guidelines, as If in Love… Like Them had several instances of overt product placement, in addition to using Lee’s songs in the soundtrack. The Korean Broadcasting Committee ruled that the drama should not be aired in South Korea again, and that the network must apologize to its viewers.
Lee also did promotions in Japan when Japanese network Fuji TV aired If in Love… Like Them, where Lee was given the same VIP treatment offered to other international stars. The drama was broadcast on CS Fuji, a smaller satellite channel that Fuji TV owned
She is married to a very rich producer named Lee Sang-soon in 2013. Together they produced a very popular variety show called Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast. It is filmed at Jeju Island at Hyori’s property called “Hyori’s Homestay.” Besides singing Hyori also acted in Korean TV series such as Three Leaf Clover and Korean films such as Dancing Queen. She is estimated to be worth 30 Million dollars as of 2020
10. Go Hyun-jung – $30 million
She is one of the richest actresses in South Korea, and now on the list of the richest Korean celebrities 2020. In 2014, she began teaching acting at her alma mater Dongguk University, as an adjunct professor in the theater department. Back in 2006, she donated a ₩100 million scholarship fund to the school. Go also launched her own fashion brand, atti.k, a label that sells clothes, shoes, and bags. In the following year, Go then launched her own cosmetics line, koY. In 2015, Go starred in her own reality show, which tracks her trip to Tokyo and films her preparation to launch her travel book. She is definitely among the richest Korean actress 2020.
The actress who receives the most after Go Hyung Jung is Kim Hye Soo, who is currently starring in the popular drama “Signal.” She is paid 55 million won (approximately $45,000), and her appearance is worth every penny. “Signal” is currently popular among all generations and has taken first place among all cable channels for its past 10 episodes.