This is the list of top 10 richest k-pop idols of 2019.
Let's have a look!
This ranking is the result of some researches I've personally made. It takes into account not only the earnings from the idol activity but also from CFs and obviously from family belongings. So let's get started.
At the 10th position, there's Taeyeon from Girls Generation.
It is reported that she has earned more than 22 billion Korean won which are equivalent to 19 million dollars from 2007 to 2014 with Sonyeoshide.
Moreover, her personal incomes are also from CFS and varieties. She owns the copyright of her solo songs such as "I", "Why", "Rain" and many more. She bought a luxury apartment to her parents in Jeon-Ju and she owns a Mercedes SLK55 and a Porsche 911.
At the 9th position, there's Suzy of Miss A a JYP's girl group
...and for this reason, she has a better financial ratio than SM. But more than the Miss A activity, she earned (money) from acting in dramas and shooting CFs. She has a big house in Samseongdong which is reported to cost around 3 million dollars.
Number 8 is T.O.P. of Bigbang
According to YG's statement, Bigbang earned 44 million dollars only in 2016. He's king of CFs and he's well known for his acting skills in films. In 2010 he bought a villa in the UN village which costs about 2 million dollars. during a variety show called "Radio Star" he stated that he spends 95% of his earnings to buy artworks in auctions. The total value of the artworks he owns is considered to be around 15 million dollars.
At the 7th position, there's IU.
According to LOEN Entertainment in 10 years of activity from her debut in 2008, she earned around 50 billion Korean won, which are equivalent of 44 million dollars. Considering that LOEN Entertainment is a small company, she could have taken about 90% of her earnings. She is a famous actress and her shooted tons of commercials. Times ago she bought a Porsche Cayenne even though she didn't have a driving license. The number of songs she owns is huge, it's second only to G-Dragon. She makes around 1 million dollars every year from streaming sites.
Number 6 is Taeyang from Bigbang.
He is reported to own about $300,000 of YG shares and more than $1.1 million of Samsung shares. He has a house in Mesanapolis which costs around 1.5 million dollars. During a variety show, he showed his new house bought in 2014 which is a luxury villa in the UN village and it costs about 4 million dollars. Moreover, he owns a seven floors building in Hannamdong which costs about 6.8 million dollars. He seems to have additional earnings from other Bigbang members thanks to his solo songs such as "Look at me", "Ringa Linga", "Eyes, Nose Lips" and many more.
Number 5 is Tzuyu from Twice.
The Taiwanese member of the famous JYP girl group. She was rich even before becoming a member of Twice thanks to her family. In fact, Tzuyu made a lot of money from her debut in 2015, also shooting commercials, but a big portion of her belongings is from her family. Her father is a famous businessman while her mother is the shareholder of 3 surgery hospitals in Taiwan and she owns 2 cafes in the capital.
Number 4 is Rain.
The first singer to bring k-pop to America and a famous actor who also appeared in Hollywood movies. He owns a villa in Samseongdong which value is about 6.5 million dollars, a building in Dosan road of about 22 million dollars and a private villa in Cheongnamdong of about 6.3 million dollars. If we add the buildings of his wife Kim Taehee, the total value of Rain's family's buildings is about 45 million dollars.
Number 3 is G-Dragon of Bigbang.
He owns the copyright of half of the Bigbang songs because a lot of them were written and composed by him. He makes 1.1 million dollars each year from these songs. He also has solo songs such as "Crooked", "Untitled", "Heartbreaker" and many more. His credit card is the famous Black Card, which is given only to 0,001% of Koreans. He owns a lot of buildings including the one in cheongnamdong which costs around 8 million dollars, some apartments, a pension in Pocheon and a cafe in Jeju island. He has a lot of cars, including a Bentley and a Lamborgini Aventador. His total net-worth is presumed to exceed 50 million dollars.
At the 2nd position, there's Seungri of Bigbang.
He has a lot of incomes as a member of Bigbang but it's just a small portion of his profits. In fact, he's a huge businessman. He owns a VIP luxury private bar and a night club called "Burning Sun" in Seoul. He's the owner of 8 million dollars land in Busan, he owns a cafe called "And Here" and he's a shareholder of a cosmetic company. In addition, he's CEO of the company "YG-X" and lasts but not least he's CEO of a restaurant chain named "Aori Ramen" which involves 45 restaurants in 6 countries.
Finally, in the 1st position, there's Choi Siwon.
He is a member of Super Junior but also an actor. He was rich even before his debut thanks to his family. In fact, his mother owns a famous underwear company while his father is a very rich businessman in Korea. In a variety show in 2012, some Super Junior members stated that his father could even buy SM Entertainment with a loan. Siwon owns 2 buildings in Apkujeong and a lot of luxury cars.