G-Dragon ranked 5th on "Richest Idols" list

Shared by on February 19, 2013  


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.

Source: @eNewsworld

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  • jasmineVIP

    That's Ma GD baby~! <3 he's rich, but he's forever humble, cool, cute, handsome and have a heart of golddddd (:

  • James Ball

    I don't think Siwon should be included in this if they're going by his father's money instead of his. Just saying.

    • J.E.P.A.H

      hmmm..i found it kinda weird to..

    • Noona’s for BB!

      Our Jiyong earned every last penny HIMSELF and now is sharing with HIS father...our sweet boy at heart! <3

      • Kathy ❤

        Exactly! GD has worked hard for everything he has earned. His parents are very lucky to have him as their son. =)

        >>> “Jiyong was a nice kid ever since he was little. He never disobeys his parents. When he said he wanted to do music, we told him not to neglect his studies. We told him to make sure he never went below 80% in grades, and he made sure he never did, so we thanked him. He said he earned a lot so that we could rest and he was thankful to us for raising him. My wife and I have a good relationship, and I think that’s why my son and daughter are both nice kids. I boast about Jiyong to everyone because I’m proud to be his father. I’m happy to be his father.” – KWON YOUNG HWAN

        • Noona’s for BB!

          Aahhh thank you for this ^^ Kathy! :)

          • Kathy ❤

            You're welcome, Noona! :)

      • shelicious

        gd ranked fifth only by what he earns in producing !
        other incomes aren't revealed since its private
        so therefore i don't think that this list is justified since they even included already bought homes !

        it means that money isn't in their bank account so why calculating it
        plus they left out his house and the hotel he owns !
        SMH someone should've done his homework

      • minakwon

        Mom's child

    • cleoxxfantacy

      i think they mentioned that as an example...he endorses audi now...god knows how much money he makes from that alone and being an endorsement model abroad earns him 10 times as much money as if he would in korea...so yeah he may be the richest idol as in earnings but the article at that part was wrongly written. Models always earn more money than songwriters from copyrights

    • Mylenne Shindou

      The article wasn't about "richest idols by their own effort" so, is just like this.

    • smiley

      was about to comment about this, too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/farah.rainarahim Farah Raina Rahim

      yup.. i agree with you... Its not fair to count his father's money.. lol

  • addictedtomusic

    i think all GD's clothes and accessories may worth billions too. he has tons of it
    other artists may have a building/house/villa that are worth a million won, but GD received more than 10 million won a year. siwon may inherits the money from his father's company but our baby GD works on his own for the money. so imo, GD is richest idol. just saying.

  • Hasmin

    plus! he's a boy who owns gold and diamonds... yea~ I'm a G to the D... gold and diamonds boy.... haha... oh! and i remember... Leeteuk said that Siwon can buy MBC if he wants to... hahaha.. lol.

  • sknh_ad

    gdragon = rich man

  • heartattackxoxo

    Proud VIP T.T

  • http://twitter.com/VIPkarla Karla ツ

    LMAO. I thought it's "Richest Idol" not "Who has the Richest Father." Should I believe that list or not?

    • gadfly.gdragon


      • D_Lited_VIP

        do you know what happened to PVIPs by any chance?

        • gadfly.gdragon

          no TT .... and my fb acc is deactive & can't go to PVIPs group and fine out it TT ....

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/KwonJiYongVEVO GDForPresident

    he is writing his own music and he's good at everything!! that's why he's so special. He's one of a kind baby!

    • Noona’s for BB!

      Luv your comment! ^^ He deserves it 'fo sho'!

  • JasmineAnastasia

    We all know GDRAGON worked his ass off to get on this list I'm mad proud of him :-D

  • alltheskies4

    This list is only correct with the No.1 (Siwon, his family is super rich, no artist can reach that level with their career only).

    The others are only based what showed outside, and not totally correct... Ex: Goo Hara bought 1.1 billion won house, but TOP also bought >2 billion won villa before...

    Just sharing:
    In 2011, GD beats Lee Seung Gi to be the Highest Earned Artist of the year.

    • xxmylifexx

      and not to mention, that in 2011 they only had activities for the first half of the year xD

      • Hmm

        But I cheated was the reason.

  • Pure Gold

    Siwon should not be in that list

    G-Dragon and JYJ <3 so proud of you guys

    • PrincessKitana

      *HIGH FIVE* totally agree on GD and JYJ...really deserving to be on the lists...

  • ln

    Am jus wondering.. . How did go hara gt that rich? Everyone else i can understnd n see.. But gohara? Did i miss sumthng bwt her? Coz evn thoh am a vip n blackjack, i am aware that kara are not the most popular ggrup? I thoh dats gg... :/

    • Linda

      Japanese promotions? City Hunter? I agree. I was irked by Goo Hara's rank bc theres BoA who's been working since she was super young & GD (solo album, music producer, and on top of that, BB activities).

      • ln

        Yh even then...... Doesnt add up... Like more celebs out thr more successful in acting and music career... On a side note love jyj!!!

    • http://twitter.com/jiyongplz SSUP H8ER

      Kara is super popular in japan tho

      • ln

        Hha.... Yh am slowly realising!!


    All the jyj member!! Wow . Jyj jjang!! Btw, GD, wow daebak!! He's sure gold and diamond boy!! GD deserved all of this, after the hardship he been through.. Proud VIP!! ^^

    • PrincessKitana

      Couldn't agree more...GD has a lot of royalties aside from his talent fees...For JYJ members, i think winning their lawsuits adds more hefty amounts to their bank accounts. All of them are hardworking fellas since teenage years so I have no rebuttal on this matter...

      • mic

        No, i don't think so. I admire GD but I admire JYJ, too

  • http://twitter.com/adri_adrienne ♛adRiana 아드리아나♛

    'Im a harrdworking man' and that's why ouy gold and diamond boy earns a lot :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/isis.young.129 Isis Young

    I wonder without his father will siwon be on the list??well!not hater I just wonder?

  • Shistea

    Well it doesn't matter who are richer than who, i don't think our boys care about this kind of issue too. As long as they got what they deserved and they still can reach all their needs while being happy then all is well. Let society do what they want to do:p

  • Avi Will

    Not surprised, GD works his ass off to have what he has now :))

  • AnaJ

    props to GD for entering a list as this one with his own capabilities rather than relying on family name to top it... anyways GD deserves it he worked for it. congrats :)

  • Teemeah

    Siwon doesn't count. It's not his own money. So indeed, JYJ is the richest! wow! In your face SM :)))

  • PrincessKitana

    It always brings me greater joy everytime i read an article about Bigbang (any members) and JYJ...they're both my faves =)

  • tugstags

    hehe, wow~ rich idols.. i think they should based it according to the earnings as an idol.. to think that the idol is rich because of what he is currently doing,, not from his family or anything,, like in Gdragon who earns with his copyrights, not including that he is also a producer, artist, as solo artist and with big bang,, endorsing.. just saying, hehehe,,

  • shaone21@hotmail.com

    GD gold n diamonds boy,hahaha~~ it doesn't matter who is richer or not actually :)

  • Seti Tesefay

    For GD if they are only going with his copy right claims, that is just one part of his wealth. He also has a lot of endorsements and he also bought a Vila for his parents.

  • May Lee

    this rating is stupid. it was all based on their purchase of homes and lands. This doesn't mean they are the richest idols. Most of these idols either still live with their bandmates or at the company's dorm. So I don't believe this "richest idols" list. I'm not saying that BB or any of the YG family should rate number 1 but at least give us better FACTS to state that they are the richest idols because of this and this and this, not because of their father or homes/lands they have purchased.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rin-Sanada/100002710138311 Rin Sanada

      Totally agree. Facts will correct everything.

    • Bryan

      Agree...the most one can do is guess, at best, as to who has the most money when they only know what they've purchased

  • http://twitter.com/VIPs1999 VIP1999

    seriously siwon does'nt even count

  • vip

    bad list, really sad that most people dont look from more perspectives. You always need to be curious and need all information before you can judge in real life even for the little things that dont matter to most people,because that would make the world fair, right? I think all 5 are in the wrong places.

  • freebody

    Im surprised tabi didnt appear on the list...

  • Bryan

    Honestly...I don't think anyone has a clue how much these idols make haha

  • http://twitter.com/jiyongplz SSUP H8ER

    ...what did i just read lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/marija.lipanovichynd Miki Camui Hayashi

    I agree with the comments below and I really was expecting a SNSD member(s) on this list O__o but anyway I came here for our GD <3

  • Ashley Jay

    in my opinion GD should be worth more. ESPECIALLY with the success of his solo cd, GD&TOP, Big Bang, and he writes and produces for almost everyone at YG... in America GD would be rolling in money. over here 900,000, is how much a rappers watch cost, not how much hes worth lol


  • KGPD

    i still think GD is #1 putting being biased aside. he worked really hard for his money. aside from ads.

  • Guest

    the lists was done by some lazy researcher journalists.
    maybe BB's income is tied up in YG;s stock.

  • It’sGD,BITCH!


  • BB2NE1Fan

    I think the conversion for GD's earnings from copyrights to US dollars is wrong. 10billion won is roughly 9.2 million USD not 920,000. GD's rich, wow!!!

    This article is written very poorly. How do we readers believe that those who bought homes about a third of GD's annual (take note: this is annual) earnings from copyrights ALONE can be considered richer than him? Even Junsu's building in Jeju is worth just 2yrs of GD's copyright earnings. Just saying, hehehe.
    What I really mean is, claims of riches when needed to be ranked, should be strongly founded.

  • PrincelyLuna

    LOL ... shouldn't the ranking be based on what they earn from their career?

  • missgdrgn

    Young, Rich, Fashionable, Smart, Work Hard person.... what else...?? DAMN!!!! Really Luv U Mr.G!! ^^

  • Myra Gahid

    Woah! Really gold and diamonds Leader Ji. Wonder how other BB members ranked. Money will never be an issue among BB members. :) <3 BB

  • http://twitter.com/mean_swing ah-yun inreal

    but if we count with his oufit n other thing not just his what he got in d music producing he totaly no 111111 ri8

  • VIPJena

    Well.. I don't believe this list..
    Sure lands is consider an asset, that's why it added to the rich... But it is not the only thing that count esp in the artist life. Accessories and cloths is also an asset for the artist.. imagine if they auction it??
    Endorsement, annual payment and stocks (if they have any share in the company) Anyway, the richness can only be count if they declare it.. And we need some auditer like forbes or something to believe this..

    Anyway I'm so proud of our GD~~~ and this list is not accurate.. but honestly think that all bigbang members is super rich compare to other idols with GD on top.. Bigbang just in different class as an artist :)

  • SumOneHea

    The point is, GD is number one as far as copyrights go. In the world of music and artistry, I'd say, it's richer than asking his father for monetary help? But then again, I'm probably just being biased.

  • :)

    I think the title should be the Idol with the Richest Land/Homes Value. Most of the idols listed own property valued over $1 Million. Just because they own land property valued at that price doesn't really justify that they're the richest. Perhaps there are other idols who doesn't have interests in purchasing expensive land property are still rich.

  • miGSu

    I don't know and I don't care the rest.. G-DRAONG IS RICH WITH HIS OWN TALENT. PERIOD.

  • berryl

    Honestly, If they have a poll about who is the richest among young idols who used their own talent, I must say it will be G-DRAGON.!~ I'm proud of him..

    Rich, Fame, Face, Talent, and most of all a kind Heart!

    Geez, whoever will be or his current girlfriend, You're one damn lucky Girl! (sorry for the curse) kkkk...

    He's the real KING!

  • Truedream1988

    ONE OF A KING G 2the D <333

  • http://twitter.com/jazzcika VOGUE POTATO

    It's actually GD.

    If people gonna make a calculation, just calculate HOW MUCH G DRAGON SPENT FOR CLOTHES!

    And As far as I know, Siwon earns the most in SUJU but he's the richest because of his father's money.

    When GD, his parents didn't work anymore and he has been supplying his parents needs.

    GD makes much more, I bet. His contract, Ads, CFs, Covers, etc.

    GD models too many products since before.
    I think they should change the title.
    "Richest Idols income"
    GD will go up there. But whatever, it's a freaking list. We know how much he makes that can't even we imagine how much money in his account......

  • http://twitter.com/pinkresbull MJchan @(・●・)@

    woahw Go Hara...

  • http://twitter.com/lil_yayanq 제 이름은 Song Ji Hyo ♫

    yeah thts true ;) GDRAGON should be no. #1, not based on the most expensive building they purchase or how rich their father, but how much they earned ;) just saying .

  • kasey

    lol, there is some errors in the article:
    "G-Dragon actually earned more than 10 billion won (~920,000 USD)"
    "Kim Jae Joong were found to be neighbors, living in villas estimating around 3 billion won (~2,760,000 USD)"
    HOW IS 3 BILLION WON = 2.76M AND 10 BILLION WON = 900K ??

  • https://twitter.com/haiosh97 haiosh

    He didn't born rich like some ! but by his hard working he got in this list ! YES HE IS ONE OF THE KIND

  • PERfect VersatilitY

    All of them are young and rich O.O but still stay humble especially GD ^^

  • http://twitter.com/bigbangmm Mouna Youssouf

    Isn't Seungri really rich ? I thought his family had lots of money and that he had a lot too.
    As an artist he is not wealthier then Gdragon but since Siwon is in bcuz of his Family's wealth Seungri can also be in.

    Anyways, i don't complain if Siwon is in 1st place i actually don't care about how much they gain. I know that our boys are living good and are not starving so good.

  • https://twitter.com/kechiklalala Choi Seung Hyun

    GD ! Gold and Diamonds boy !

  • mizskullzzz

    so they just count for copyright earnings for GD?
    im sure he makes lots of money with CF and of course as BIGBANg

  • Peachy

    I don't think siwon is rich, he's rich because his dad is. that is no his money.

  • http://twitter.com/SweetVernice95 Vernice

    Hara is richer than our GD baby?! Seriously?! Not a Hara hater here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/farah.rainarahim Farah Raina Rahim

    GD compose music by himself, buy his clothes and accessories, advertisements CF.. GD SHOULD BE #1 RICHEST IDOL BECAUSE HE MAKE MONEY BY HIMSELF.. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/fashionischtar.owner FashioniSchtar Owner

    I dont really agreed with goo hara be the third place, just purchased a 1.1 billion won (~1,012,000 USD) house in Cheongdam-dong?? GD clothes is way beyond that prices..And hell yeah, TOP is rich too..

  • Jacqueline

    See, that's what's wrong with the world today. People are only concerned with financial wealth - who has what and so forth. As well as, appearance and social status. Instead of praising those who do humanitarian works. I understand what the article was about, still. Does it matter who has what? What happened to the simple things? Oh well...

  • ▒G I Y ❄ N G C H Y▒

    GD always make me amaze!

  • Dennisse

    I dont think that siwon's wealth should not be included because its not his own hardwork and money..its his family so its not counted.. everyone from that list worked hard to have that money,im not saying that siwon didnt worked hard for his but without his family's help or wealth, he's earnings would be lower than those other idols

  • Kendall Barger

    If they're going by houses, mainly, then what about Top's villa that's worth around 3 million? And they forgot to include GD building that pension place for his parents. Let's just say Bigbang, in general, isn't hurting for cash.


    They include those in the top 4 all their family inheritance!!! So GD would have been the most richest idol if ever they don't include those inheritance and if they based their research merely on making and doing music alone!!! Hah!!! GD is on the top afterall!!! GD your the BEST!!!



  • Leasseable Lee

    I think TOP should included! It's a shame they included Siwon!!!

  • Pimboo

    Gold and Diamonds boy