Top 15 Richest K-Pop Idols with the Highest Net Worth In 2020
If you have ever wondered who are the richest K-Pop Idols, according to SEOULZ, here are top 15 richest K-Pop idols with the highest net worth in 2020.
We take into account the money earned through their music, investments, and outside income through endorsements, TV appearances, Social Media Marketing, and films. We are not including income from K-Pop merchandise because most if not all go to their entertainment companies.
The Net Worth Estimates are just that, estimates. It is impossible to get the true net worth of a K-pop star. We took into account 5 factors when creating the list:
- Salary from their Entertainment Companies
- Investments (Businesses/Real Estate)
1. Kim Jaejoong – $80 Million
Kim Jaejoong is considered the richest K-pop Idol. He is a singer, songwriter, actor, director, designer, and businessman. He was a member of the Kpop group JYJ and TVXQ. However, he also had a strong career as an actor in Korean dramas. These dramas include Triangle, Protect the Boss, Dr. Jin, and Manhole to name a few. He also started in Korean films such as Jackal is Coming and Heaven’s Postman.
Richest K-Pop Idols for Real Estate
Kim Jaejoong bought an apartment in 2012 that is now worth close to $3 million. It is a 3,200 square foot penthouse apartment located in Samsung-dong. Two years later he bought the 7-story J-Line Building located in Seocho-dong for $7 million. He also owns a coffee shop called Cafe J-Holic in Myeondong and another one called Coffee Cojjee in Samsung-dong. In addition, he owns a bar in Gangnam called Holic-J and a Japanese restaurant in Gangnam called Bum Story. Jaejoong recently opened a new branch of KAVE Cafe in Osaka, Japan. In addition, he runs the KAVE MALL in Shibuya, Japan
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.
With all the mentioned possessions, it’s easy to understand why Kim Jaejoong ranks the first place in Top 15 Richest K-Pop Idols with the Highest Net Worth In 2020.
2. PSY (Park-Jae-sang) – $60 Million
PSY is a Koren rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. The world knows him for his global hit single Gangnam Style. PSY comes from a rich family with his father being the executive chairman of DI Corporation and his mother owned many restaurants around Gangnam. He started his music career in the early 2000s. However, it was in 2010 when he got signed by YG Entertainment where he started to take off. In 2012 alone, he was able to make over $28 million thanks to his hit single.
Gangnam Style Blows Up the Internet – Youtube’s Richest K-Pop Idols
Gangnam Style was at one point the most viewed video on YouTube and him a global star. It is estimated Gangnam style generated $20 million from YouTube and streaming services. He also was able to get over 1 million followers on Instagram and he was able to charge around $2,000 per post.
PSY also owns a condo in Westwood that is estimated to be worth $1.5 million. Since breaking into the U.S. market, he has worked with American musicians such as Will.i.am, Snoop Dog, and Black Eyed Peas just to name a few.
These days he is very active in being a producer, but he still does concert tours around the world. 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.
3. G-Dragon (Kwon Ji-Yong) – $55 Million
G-Dragon is a rapper, songwriter, producer, model, and fashion trendsetter. He is a member of Big Bang and has written and composed many of their hit songs such as Haru Haru. In all, G-Dragon has over 180 songs copyrighted under his name. Seungri said in an article that his income from several businesses is minuscule compared to G-Dragon, who makes $700,000 a year just on songwriting royalties.
G-Dragon also went on to release his own solo album called Heartbreaker. He even collaborated with T.O.P. to release the album GD & TOP. His music revenue mainly comes from his copyrights, Spotify, and YouTube advertisement revenue. He also produces and writes music for himself and other artists which adds to his income.
G-Dragon Becoming a Fashion Icon in Korea
G-Dragon has broken into the fashion industry and has been shaping the fashion trends in Korea for the last few years. He has his own fashion brand (Peaceminusone) and jewelry lines and is the brand ambassador/model for Chanel. He is one of the highest-paid K-pop stars in Korea. His endorsement deals are an average of around $2 million. He has endorsed companies like Nike, Hyundai, Airbnb, and many European and Asian fashion brands. He collaborated with Nike to create Peaceminusone PARANOISE shoes that retail for $200. In addition, he has made a lot of money from his investments in cafes (Untitled 2017), restaurants, hotels, and apartments in Korea. In 2013, he purchased a 2,500 square foot apartment in the Galleria Foret complex for $3 million. He also owns the March Rabbit complex in Cheongdam which is estimated to be worth over $9 million.
G-Dragon is one of the few holders of the Black Honda Card. This is a credit card in Korea that only the top 0.05% can use. To hold this card, you will need to be exclusively invited to become a cardholder. He is also very active on Instagram and has over 18.2 million followers.
The 1st K-pop Star to get a Chinese Ad Deal since the THAAD fallout
G-Dragon became the first Kpop star to sign a corporate endorsement deal with a Chinese company following Beijing’s virtual ban on “Hallyu”. The ban was placed in 2016, and this deal marks the first deal a Kpop star has had with a Chinese company. G-Dragon signed a deal with Chinese bottled water giant Nongfu Spring Co. and he will be featured in promotional material for the company’s new tea drink brand, Chapai.
4. Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) – $45 Million
Rain is a singer, songwriter, dancer, music producer, and actor. His first success came in 2002 when he released his first solo album and appeared on a Korean show. His career has taken off ever since then and he has gone on to do a total of 7 albums. He has done major world tours and has starred in Korean and American films (Ninja Assassin). In 2015, Rain set up his own company called RAINCOMPANY.
Marriage to Kim Tae Hee – Richest K-Pop Idols (Couple)
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. They are considered the richest celebrity couple in Korea.
5. Choi Siwon – $40 Million
An argument could be made that Siwon will end up being #1 when it is all said and done as he is in line to inherit a fortune from his parents. Siwon is a singer, model, songwriter, actor, and businessman. He is a member of Super Junior which had many #1 albums in Korea from 2007 to 2017. Siwon also starred in films such as Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, A Battle of Wits, Dragon Blade, To the Fore, and Helios. In addition, 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. In 2015, Siwon was appointed as the special representative of the South Korea Committee for UNICEF.
King of Twitter
Siwon was the king of twitter followers when twitter first launched in Korea by being the first K-pop star to reach 3 million followers. Currently, he has 6.7 million followers on twitter. He has done advertisements in not only Korea but also in China and Thailand. 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 Launches his YouTube Channel
Choi Siwon recently launched his own YouTube Channel and in less than a month, it already has over 250,000 subscribers. His first video shows a preview of what is to come on his channel. The channel will be used by Choi Siwon to communicate with his fans more. He wants to speak about overcoming difficult situations and help people through hard times.
6. Lee Hyori – $25 Million
Lee Hyori is a part of the first generation of K-pop stars. She comes in at #6 on our list of the richest K-pop Idols. She started out with a very popular K-pop girl group called Fin.K.L. In 2006, she was the highest-paid female K-pop singer. She made even more money through advertising and endorsements for companies like Samsung and Korean soju brand Chum-Churum. 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.
7. Taeyang (Dong Young Bae) – $25 Million
Taeyang is another member of Big Bang that appears in Top 15 Richest K-Pop Idols with the Highest Net Worth In 2020. He is also solo a singer and songwriter, and has a successful solo career. Similar to G-Dragon, Taeyang is also a fashion icon and has done a collaboration with Fendi for “Fendi for Taeyang”. He has over 30 song credits and owns a house that is worth around $3.5 million. In addition, Taeyang owns a building that is worth over $7 million. He is also a shareholder in YG Entertainment and is reported to have invested $600,000 in the company.
He is also has a documentary called White Night where he opens up about his 2017 solo album and his marriage to actress Min Hyo-rin. It premiered on his YouTube Channel which has over 900,000 subscribers. It is an 8 episode series that will cover his personal struggles on and off the stage.
Taeyang married a Korean actress named Min Hyo-Rin in 2018.
8. T.O.P (Choi Seung Hyun) – $25 Million
Coming in at #10 for the richest K-pop Idols is T.O.P. T.O.P is a rapper, singer, songwriter, for the K-Pop group Big Bang. He released the album GD & TOP in 2010 which hit #1 in Korea. TOP has been involved more and more as a record producer and actor these days. He has over 50 song credits. In addition, he is an avid art collector. He is known to have purchased original artworks from Andy Warhol.
T.O.P has done many TV commercials and it is estimated his price is at least $500,000 for a six-month endorsement deal or $1 million for a year-long endorsement deal. He owns a villa that is valued at over $2.5 million. He revealed to his fans that he had purchased a whole grape field in Argentina which is known to produce on average, 8,000 bottles of wine. In addition, he has over 10.6 million followers on Instagram.
Some of his endorsements include an outdoor clothing brand called Millet, Cass (Korean Beer), and Nongfu Spring (tea brand). He owns a building in Hannam that is worth over $2 million.
9. DARA (Sandara Park) – $25 Million
DARA is the richest female K-Pop Idol in Top 15 Richest K-Pop Idols with the Highest Net Worth In 2020. She is a singer, actress, and host. She became famous for being a member of one of the top girl groups of all time, 2NE1. After the group disbanded she has been able to have a very successful solo career. She has been able to have a successful acting career is Korean dramas such as One More Happy Ending and Missing Korea. She also was in a Korean movie called Bcuz of You which got her many acting awards. DARA has appeared on many television shows in the Philippines as well. She also hosted a fashion show called Get It Beauty and is considered a fashion icon. She has her own fashion line called “Dara Park Seduction”.
DARA has endorsement deals from brands such as Etude House, Clio, Nikon, Mitsubishi, Moonshot, CoverGirl, BNY Jeans, Tekki Asian Classic Noodles, Canon, Cass beer, Head & Shoulders, and Penshoppe just to name a few. Nikon even named a camera after her. It is called Sandara Digicam. Dara went to school in the Philippines. She is a huge star in the Philippines and was nicknamed “BoA of the Philippines” by Kpop fans.
She has taken her money and invested it sell in smart stock investments, real estate, and restaurants. DARA has even launched her own brand of Vodka and has a top-selling perfume called “With Love from Dara”. She also became YG Entertainment’s public relations director.
DARA also has her own YouTube Channel called Dara TV which has over 686,000 subscribers.
10. IU (Lee Ji-Eun) – $25 Million
IU is considered one of the most popular K-pop stars in Korea. She debuted at the young age of 15 as a singer-songwriter. IU is known for composing and producing her own songs. She has written more than 50 songs for her albums, South Korean dramas or films, and other musicians. This allows her to continually increase her royalty earnings. Her album Good Day was one of the most successful albums of all time. Recently her track I Give You My Heart from the soundtrack of hit Korean drama Crash Landing on You topped music charts within 3 hours of its release.
IU has done over 50 advertisements for companies such as Samsung, Sony Korea, SK Telecom, Le Coq Sportif, S-Oil, Guess, and even Korean soju brand Chamisul. She lives in Caelitus which is one of the top Luxury Apartments in Seoul.
She has created the IU scholarship at her former high school and has donated over $88,000 to the Green Umbrella Children’s Fund.
11. BOA (Kwon Bo-Ah) – $20 Million
BOA is a singer, dancer, composer, and actress that is not only famous in Korea but also Japan. She has been able to sell over 1 million album copies in Japan alone. She speaks Japanese, English, and Korean. Furthermore, she has recorded songs in Mandarin. All this has led to her success all across East Asia. She is considered the “Queen of K-Pop” as she has spent over 20 years in the K-Pop industry.
BOA has been a judge/mentor for many music competition shows such as Produce 101 and K-Pop Star. She was also in a Hollywood movie called Make Your Move 3D.
12. Yoona (Im Yoon-ah) – $20 Million
There is no doubt that Yoona is the next person in Top 15 Richest K-Pop Idols with the Highest Net Worth In 2020. Yoona was a singer for the very famous K-pop girl group SNSD. She has done over 20 commercials for K-Beauty brands such as Innisfree and was the first overseas endorser of Alcon Taiwan. In fact, before she was a singer, she was a model and filmed many commercials. She is the top SNSD member in regards to doing the most number of solo ad shoots. Yoona is the face of Innisfree and has traveled across Asia promoting the brand.
Yoona also acts and appeared in a Chinese drama called God of War, Zhao Yun and got over $2.5 million for the role. In addition, she also starred in many Korean dramas such as Love Rain and The King in Love, just to name a few.
Along with Innisfree, she has modeled for Danish jewelry brand Pandora, as well as S-Oil, Crocs, and Lee Jeans. She was recently spotted in her new Porche.
13. Suzy – $20 Million
Coming in at #15 on our list of the richest K-pop Idols is Suzy. Suzy is a former member of K-pop girl ground Miss A. Back in 2013, Suzy made over $9 million in endorsement deals mainly in eyewear and nutritional supplements. However, she has endorsed almost everything such as skin care products, BBQ chicken, kimchi refrigerators, cellphones, pizza, theme parks, and even GPS devices. Because Suzy is both a K-pop singer and an actress, she has the best conditions available as an endorsement model.
Suzy starred in a Korean film called Architecture 101 and Korean dramas such as Dream High and Gu Family Book. Therefore, she was one of the most highly sought after female celebrities in the advertising industry.
Suzy owns a couple of floors of a building in Gangnam worth over $3.8 million.
14. J-Hope (Jung Ho-Seok) – $15 Million
J-Hope is considered the highest earner form the K-pop boy group BTS. When searching online, it always comes down to J-Hope or Suga. Both have had successful solo careers and it all depends on just how much of the sales from these albums they get. Based on their earnings from BTS, every member has gotten at least $8 million. J-Hope has done a lot of solo work and has been featured on other K-pop artist’s works. He also debuted his solo rap mixtape called Hope World. Recently, J-Hope has purchased a luxury apartment that is valued at around $2 million. He has donated over $200,000 to ChildFund Korea along with other members of BTS. In addition, his name is credited for many of BTS’s songs.
15. Suga (Min Yoongi) – $15 Million
The last K-Pop Idol in the Top 15 Richest K-Pop Idols with the Highest Net Worth In 2020 is Suga. Suga is a rapper, producer, and songwriter for BTS. He has also worked with other artists by composing songs. Suga has writing and producing credits for more than 70 songs. He currently dominates the World Digital Song Sales for his new solo mixtape D-2. Suga used his alter ego Agust D for D-2. D-2 is Suga’s second title to reach the top 100 spot on the Top Album Sales chart. This is something no other Korean soloist has managed before. Will another BTS member break Suga’s record?
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