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Top 10 Richest South Korean K-Pop Idols (2020)

K-pop idols in South Korea are characterized by the highly manufactured star system that they are produced by and debuted under, as well as their tendency to represent a hybridized convergence of visuals, music, fashion, dance, and music influenced by Western culture. It can take a long time for a K-Pop idol to make a decent income. Between the costs of being a trainee and how little idols typically make when they first debut, it can be shocking how little they make early on in their careers. However, many idols thankfully end up being successful and, paired with advertising deals and acting jobs, the money can really rack up in some cases.

10 Richest South Korean K-Pop Idols Of 2020


Top 10 Richest South Korea K-Pop Idols (2020)

1. Kim Jae-joong (JYJ member)

Born: January 26, 1986
Net worth: (80 million USD)
Years active: 2003–present

Kim Jae-joong

Kim Jae-joong, also known mononymously as Jaejoong, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor and director. He is best known as a member of the Korean pop group JYJ, and was one of the original members of boy band TVXQ.


2. PSY

Born: December 31, 1977
Net worth: 65 million USD
Years active: 2001–present

PSY

Psy is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single "Gangnam Style". The song's refrain was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of 2012.

As a result of his achievements, Psy is considered to be the first K-pop artist to make a breakthrough in the Western music industry. In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Psy affirmed that "it will be only a matter of time before K-Pop will produce many others like Psy".

On May 25, 2017, Psy was presented with a Diamond Play Button from YouTube, in recognition of his surpassing 10 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, making him the first Asian solo artist to ever do so.


3. G-Dragon (BIGBANG member)

Born: 18, 1988
Net worth: 45 million USD
Years active: 1994–present

G-Dragon

Kwon Ji-yong, also known by his stage name G-Dragon, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer, often dubbed as the 'King of K-Pop'.

Widely recognized for his influence on youth culture, fashion trends, and music in South Korea, G-Dragon was named by Forbes in 2016 as the most influential person under 30 in Asia's entertainment and sports. Writing and producing not only for his band but also for his and his bandmates' solo releases, G-Dragon has written or co-written 23 number one songs on the Gaon Digital Chart (equivalent to the Billboard Hot 100), most of which he has also co-produced.


4. Rain

Born: June 25, 1982
Net worth: 40 million USD
Years active: 1998–2000; 2002–present

Rain

Jung Ji-hoon, better known by his stage name Rain, 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.

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.


5. Lee Hyori

Born: May 10, 1979
Net worth: 36 million USD
Years active: 1998–present

Lee Hyori

Lee Hyo-ri is a South Korean singer, record producer, activist, actress and television presenter. Dubbed as the "Nation's Fairy" during her Family Outing days, she debuted as a member of South Korean girl group Fin.K.L, but has since become a solo artist.

In 2003, she released her debut solo album Stylish which won several "Artist of the Year" awards. In 2006, Lee was the highest-paid female singer in South Korea when she signed a contract with Mnet Media.


6. Choi Siwon (Super Junior member)

Born: 7 April 1986
Net worth: 35 million USD
Years active: 2005–present

Choi Siwon

Aside from being a member of Super Junior, Choi has also ventured into solo activities, mainly acting. He played lead roles in the Korean dramas Oh! My Lady (2010), Poseidon (2011), Revolutionary Love (2017), and My Fellow Citizens! (2019) and had supporting roles in Athena: Goddess of War (2010), The King of Dramas (2012) and She Was Pretty (2015). Choi has also participated in various Chinese language films such as Helios, To the Fore and Dragon Blade.

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”.


7. Sandara Park (former 2NE1 member)

Born: November 12, 1984
Net worth: 32 million USD
Years active: 2004–present

Sandara Park

Sandara Park, also known by her stage name Dara, is a South Korean singer, actress and television presenter. She rose to fame in the Philippines as a contestant on the talent show Star Circle Quest in 2004, after which she had a successful acting and singing career before returning to South Korea in 2007.

Sandara Park is a South Korean singer, actress and television presenter. She rose to fame in the Philippines as a contestant on the talent show Star Circle Quest in 2004, after which she had a successful acting and singing career before returning to South Korea in 2007. She made her South Korean debut in 2009 as a member of the K-pop group 2NE1, which went on to become one of the best-selling girl groups of all time before their disbandment in 2016.

Park is one of the most popular South Korean celebrities in the Philippines, where she is known by fans as the Pambansang Krung-Krung (National Crazy Personality). She is considered an influential figure in the Korean Wave, and has been called the "BoA of the Philippines", in reference to South Korean singer BoA who also experienced great success abroad.


8. IU

Born: Lee Ji-eun ON May 16, 1993
Net worth: 28 million USD
Years active: 2008–present

Lee Ji-eun

With the success of her 2011 albums, Real+ and Last Fantasy, IU established herself as a formidable force on the music charts of her native country and further cemented her girl next door image as Korea's "little sister".

IU has released a total of four studio albums and nine extended plays in her career, scoring three number-one albums and twenty-four number-one singles on the Gaon Music Charts. One of the best-selling solo acts in the group-dominated K-pop industry, she has been included on Forbes magazine's annual Korea Power Celebrity list since 2012 and reached a peak ranking of number three that year. Billboard recognized IU as the all-time leader of its Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart with the most number-one songs and the artist who has held the number-one position for the most number of weeks. According to a Gallup Korea survey, she was the most popular idol and artist among South Koreans in 2017.


9. BoA

Born: Kwon Bo-ah on November 5, 1986
Net worth: 25 million USD
Years active: 2000–present

BoA

Kwon Bo-ah, known professionally as BoA, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. Dubbed the "Queen of K-pop", BoA has been recognized as one of the most successful and influential Korean entertainers throughout her career.

BoA's multilingual skills (she speaks Japanese and English along with native Korean and has recorded songs in Mandarin) have contributed to her commercial success throughout East Asia. With the release of her debut Japanese studio album, Listen to My Heart (2002), BoA became the first Korean pop star to break through in Japan following the fall of barriers that had restricted the import and export of entertainment between the countries since the end of World War II.[3] She is the only foreign artist to have three albums sell more than one million copies in Japan and is one of only three artists to have six consecutive number-one studio albums on the Oricon charts since her debut, the others being Ayumi Hamasaki and Koda Kumi.


10. T.O.P (BIGBANG member)

Born: Choi Seung-hyun on November 4, 1987
Net worth: 23 million USD
Years active: 2006–present

Choi Seung-hyun

Choi Seung-hyun, better known by his stage name T.O.P, is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He used to perform as an underground rapper before joining the record label YG Entertainment and debuting as the lead rapper for the boy band Big Bang in 2006.

T.O.P and Big Bang have been praised for their individuality and ability to fuse a pop sound with rap, R&B and dance elements. T.O.P possesses a bass vocal range. Columnist Jeff Benjamin of Billboard K-Town noted how he is known for his low-bass timbre rapping, while fellow journalist Tamar Herman, wrote that T.O.P's rap is "an integral part to the group's sound" and that he tends to favor an "confident, almost mocking, tone". Adrienne Stanley of Kpop Starz also praised the rapper for his "speed and accuracy" when delivering bars. Both his solo releases – "Turn It Up" and "Doom Dada" – are hip hop influenced,with the latter drawing critical acclaim for its "lyrical rhythms [that] are both inviting and alienating" from Dazed magazine, that declared that T.O.P was leading the evolution of K-Pop. Additionally, Billboard noted how the song's melody "is magnetizing with its whirring synths, tribal beats, and chanting, all of which pale in comparison to the rapper’s aggressive, multi-tonal delivery of his verses," affirming that T.O.P "revealed his true artistry" with the song.



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