Lee Ji Un, More famously known by her stage name IU, is one of the country’s most treasured voices. She has one of the highest net worth any solo K-pop idol does in the industry. IU has been in the eyes of the public ever since she was 15. IU joined Kakao Entertainment in 2007 and was a trainee only for a year before her debut in 2008 with the album “lost and found”. Although she found her country-wide fame through her single lead “Good Day” from her album “Real” in 2010. IU has been a chart-topping artist ever since and has won countless awards. She has even been included in third place in the Forbes magazine as Korea’s Power Celebrity in 2012.
IU has been nicknamed “The Nation’s Sweetheart” by not just the fans but the general public as well. IU She is also well known by the name “Nation’s Little Sister” after her debut at a very young age of 15. Although she wished to not be called that in an episode of SBS Radio K. IU is one of those idols that you literally cannot stop being a fan of once you get to know her. She has an aura that you can’t ignore. IU has charmed every heart of not just the nation but worldwide. Her sweet looks, paired with her angelic voice, have made her one of the most loved K-pop idols in the industry.
Who Is IU?
IU is a Korean singer who sings for the pop and electric genres. She has been singing ever since Middle School after she won a competition at her school. IU had a rough childhood because of her parents’ financial problems. She lived with her grandmother along with her brother because her parents couldn’t afford to keep them. When she joined LEON Entertainment in 2007, she stated she preferred to stay at the dorms rather than go home. IU started her training as a professional singer as a middle school student which had an impact on her studies. She did not continue her education after graduating middle school in 2012 so that she could focus on her career as a Korean pop idol. And it has all proven out to be worth it.
Apart from being a nationwide loved singer, IU has also proven her talents in acting. She joined the cast of the Variety Show “Heroes” in 2010 in order to maintain her publicity. She worked on the show till 2011, during which she was cast as the main lead for a Korean teen drama, “Dream High”. IU was filming for both shows simultaneously and was promoting her album “Good Day” as well. After she quit as the cast of Heroes, she continued her career in acting. I even took on side projects after the shooting and promotion of Dream High. She has performed the opening act for Corinne Bailey Rae’s concert, has starred in K.Will’s music videos, and was even appointed anchor for the music program Inkigayo.
What Is IU’s Net Worth
Lee Ji Un has an income not only as a solo singer but as a songwriter, an actor, and as a host as well. IU currently has an estimated net worth of $31 million to $45 million dollars. It’s no surprise that the self composing songwriter has such a high paycheck. IU reportedly has written over fifty songs for her own albums, and most of them have been top-charting hits. Songs like “BBiBBI”, “eight”, “Through the night”, “My Sea”, “into the I-land”,” Good Day”, and many others are under her name.
Ever since her debut, IU has won a great number of awards and has scored a high number of nominations. She has over two hundred nominations and has won over a hundred of those. She’s won multiple awards as a singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. Apart from award titles, IU has been identified as one of the most influential people in South Korea. She has even been awarded the Pop Culture and Arts Awards in 2015 for her influence in the music industry.
She has won a number of Melon Music Awards, Korean Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Seoul Music Awards, and Mnet Asian Music Awards. IU, being an actress, has had nominations and awards under this category as well. In 2014, IU bagged the title of “Best New Actress” at the KBS Drama Awards. All of these achievements have helped IU bag her current high net worth.