On February 18, SBS Good Day reported on the current richest idols with extensive research.
The richest idol was named as Super Junior’s Choi Siwon, who had previously revealed his father’s transfer from a big company to another major company.
Choi Siwon’s fellow member Leeteuk said, “As far as wealth and power goes, Siwon is definitely number one. If there’s ever a problem or an issue within the members of Super Junior, Siwon says he’ll ask his father for help.”
Leeteuk continued, “Siwon made the most profit among Super Junior in 2011 by filming many CFs abroad in Thailand, China, and Taiwan.”
Eunhyuk added, “What we earn doesn’t even come close to what Siwon already had to begin with. But Siwon makes a lot of money through advertisements, becoming even richer.”
Choi Siwon’s father had been the CEO at Boryung Medience Co. after getting his degree from Dongguk University and spending his time at Hanhwa Corporation as well as Korea Fashion Association.
He is also currently an adjunct professor at Sungkonghoe University and said to have resigned from his company for personal reasons.
Second place went to the members of JYJ. All three members Park Yoo Chun, Kim Jae Joong, and Kim Junsu were said to own their own houses.
While Park Yoo Chun owns a luxury villa with a personal garden, Kim Junsu and Kim Jae Joong were found to be neighbors, living in villas estimating around 3 billion won (~2,760,000 USD).
Kim Junsu was said to have a special interest in real estate, recently buying a 1.8 billion won (~1,656,000 USD) house for his parents and building a 20 billion won (18,400,000 USD) resort in Jeju Island.
The third richest idol was Kara’s Goo Hara. She was found to have purchased a 1.1 billion won (~1,012,000 USD) house in Cheongdam-dong, and reportedly bought the two-story home for investment purposes, rather than to reside in.
Fourth place went to BoA, who owns a building worth 2.8 billion won (~2,576,000 USD) in Cheongdam-dong. BoA was found to have presented her parents with a ranch as well as a vacation home.
Last but not least, the fifth richest idol was Big Bang’s G-Dragon, who is heavily involved in writing and producing music. G-Dragon has said that he earns a significant amount just through copyrights.
G-Dragon actually earned more than 10 billion won (~920,000 USD) in one year solely from copyrights, exceeding earnings of experienced music producers.
As far as the copyright earnings goes, first place went to G-Dragon, with Kangta in second, followed by B2ST’s Yong Jun Hyung in third place.