SEOUL • Could BTS make the cover of Time magazine as person or group of the year? An online poll of names has the South Korean boyband with the most votes.
But which K-pop celebrities have amassed the most wealth? According to E! Online, the top five are:
US$45 million (S$62 million)
He galloped his way to the bank after he hit the jackpot with 2012 hit Gangnam Style. The video has since logged 3.2 billion views on YouTube. His recent album 4×2=8 continues his chart success. His annual All Night Stand concerts, with A-list guests, are popular. This year, he cut out the middleman, setting up his own agency.
2 CHOI SIWON
The member of mega boyband Super Junior has also made his mark in acting – he was in 2015 movie Dragon Blade opposite Jackie Chan – and modelling. Early this month, Stanford University invited him to share his insights about the K-pop industry.
Part of super boyband BigBang, the fashionable singer – he has been spotted in the front row at Chanel shows – has been fiery on his own too, with sold-out solo shows and his lifestyle brand PeaceMinusOne. He reportedly nets US$700,000 a year in songwriting royalties alone.
The singer-actor, who made his Hollywood foray with Ninja Assassin (2009), has put his money to good use. He and his wife, actress Kim Tae-hee, reign as the wealthiest celebrity couple in South Korean real estate.
5 SANDARA PARK
She has parlayed her status as a member of hit girl group 2NE1 to ink lucrative deals acting in drama serials and promoting lifestyle brands.
She is also a TV show host.
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