Kpop idols work extra hard to entertain the public. Unlike western artists who find their own way, or start a career independently, they work tirelessly even before becoming Idols. Kpop idols get selected by different entertainment labels, and then they get trained for years before they make their debut. All of our favorite artists and bands like Twice, BTS, IU, EXO, have trained for 1-5 years before they become stars. So, it’s undeniable that they work hard. But, their hard work also brings them rewards like fame, fans, endorsement, respect, and bills. Kpop stars earn through various streams. So, exactly who tops the list of the richest Kpop idol? Let’s find out.
30. Suho (EXO)
Kim Jun-Myeon popularly known as Suho, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the leader of the Chinese boy group, EXO, and its subunit EXO-K. Moreover, in March 2020, he released a new album as a soloist. The singer has an estimated worth of $10 million. Suho is also known for appearing in many shows, and he is currently focusing on film and his career as a solo artist.
29. Rose (Blackpink)
Rose, a mononym for Roseanne Park is a Korean-New Zealand singer. She was brought up in Australia, before moving to South Korea in 2012. She is an artist under YG Entertainment, after being a trainee for 4 years, Rose debuted in the group- BLACKPINK. Blackpink is currently the biggest girl group in the world, and it surely has its benefits. Rose is the global ambassador for Yves Saint Laurent. With more than 35 million fans on IG, Rose has a worth of $12 million.
28. Jisoo (Blackpink)
At #28, we have another Blackpink member, Kim Jisoo. Eldest in the group, Jisoo is a South Korean singer. She is the 10th most followed Kpop idol and also has a net worth of $12 million. The 26-year-old is the ambassador for Dior for the Korean market. Recently, she collaborated with Line friends to design a game character, KartRider Rush+.
27. Jennie (Blackpink)
Following her bandmates, next on the list is Jennie or Jennie Kim. She is a South Korean singer and has also released music as a solo artist. Jennie is the ambassador for Chanel in South Korea. Also, she recently became one of the fashion editors for Vogue Korea (2021 Issue). Jennie is also the model of Hera, a luxury beauty brand in South Korea. Jennie has been associated with brands like Samsung, Gentle Monster, and many more. The young star is also worth $12 million.
26. Lisa (Blackpink)
On 26, we have the youngest Balckpink member, Lisa Manoban. Lisa is not only an amazing singer, but she is also a great dancer. With her popularity on social media, she has a huge influential image. The 24-year-old has more than 50 million followers on IG. Lisa is originally from Thailand, but she can speak multiple languages. Lisa is very famous in her native country, hence, she has earned a lot from the Thai market. She is the brand ambassador for cosmetic company Moonshot in China, Thailand, and South Korea. Lisa has also endorsed products for Samsung, Adidas, Celine, Bulgari, and more. The singer has a net worth of $15 million.
25. Baekhyun (EXO)
With over 20 million followers on IG, Baekhyun has robbed the hearts of many. This South Korean singer and songwriter is a member of the boy group EXO under SM group. Baekhyun also released his solo album which made enough copies to make him the richest EXO member. Baekhyun is also the brand ambassador for Burberry, and co-director of his fashion label brand, Privé Alliance. He has a net worth of $15 million.
24. Jay Park
Former member of 2PM, Jay Park is a singer, rapper, actor, and dancer. He owns his own label, AOMG, which acts as an agency to re[present Korean artists and rappers. Being the CEO of AOMG, Jay has signed many singers and rappers. However, he himself has a contract with Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s Company). Jay Park has previously endorsed brands like Levi, Nike, KT Tech, etc. He has a net worth of $15 million.
The SNSD fame is one of the most successful Kpop singers in the nation. She is engaging and produces frequent content for her fans. Taeyeon is the brand ambassador for Korean cosmetic brands- Nature Republic and Banila Co. The singer and actress have undoubtedly done many dramas and movies. Moreover, her music career as a solo artist was a blast too. The singer owns Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG, Porsche Boxster, and a BMW M4 and has a worth of $18 million.
22. Jin (BTS)
The eldest of the septet is worth $ 20 million. Jin or Kim Seok-Jin is a member of the biggest Kpop boyband BTS. Jin is known for his honey-like voice and his dad jokes. The singer also likes to call himself worldwide handsome, which he actually is, no doubt. With multiple brand deals with his group BTS, Jin also owns a Lamborghini Aventador S.
21. Taehyung (BTS)
Known by his stage name, V, Kim Tae-Hyung is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor. Tae Hyung is known for his classy fashion and deep voice. The singer likes to click pictures, and play various musical instruments. He is also named the most handsome face of the world multiple times. The BTS member also likes to wear the latest Gucci clothes and also owns a $4.5 million apartment in Gangnam, South Korea. V has a net worth of $20 million.
20. Jungkook (BTS)
Jungkook is the maknae (youngest) of BTS. However, his influence is the strongest of them all. Whatever Jungkook uses gets sold out the next day. Whether it’s Downy detergent, A lip balm, Prada boots, and even toothbrushes. Along with his fellow members, Jungkook has endorsed brands like Samsung, Fila, Hyundai, Chilsung, and many more. The youngest BTS member has a net worth of $20 million. Also, he just bought an apartment in Itaewon, Seoul for $7 million.
19. Jimin (BTS)
Jimin or Park Ji-Min is another member of BTS. The South Korean singer and songwriter are known for his captivating moves and angel voice. Jimin is also worth $20 million like the Jin, Jungkook, and V. In January 2021, Jimin bought himself a Porsche Carrera. Jimin’s earning also come from the band’s activities. The singer earns most of his finances from the band’s activities altogether.
18. RM (BTS)
Kim Nam Joon or RM is the leader of BTS, and also the youngest KOMCA (Korea Music Copyright Association) members to have more than 130 songwriting credits. RM has a very unique way of wrapping, and he is also known for producing masterpieces with his fellow bandmates. The rapper likes to collect antiques. Nam Joon has previously released his mixtapes, “RM” and “Mono.” The Kpop idol is worth $20 million.
On #17 we have Suzy, who was previously a part of the Kpop group, Miss A. Now, a soloist and an actor, Suzy is moving toward success like no other. In 2013, Suzy gathered Over $9 million with endorsement deals. The singer and actress have endorsed everything from cosmetics to BBQ Chicken to cellphones to whatnot. Besides being a singer, she has also acted in several hit Kdramas. The 26-year-old kpop star also owns a couple of apartments in the same building in Gangnam. She has a worth of $25 million.
Yoona or Im Yoon Ah was also a member of the famous kpop group SNSD. She has been an endorser for more than 20 beauty brands including Innisfree. Before becoming a singer, Yoon-ah has done multiple commercials and also worked as a model. With a net worth of $25 million, Yoon-ah has also earned the bills by working in South Korean as well as Chinese drama.
After being famous in Japan, Korea, and China, BOA is considered the queen of KPOP. She has been a Kpop idol for more than 20 years. Not only BOA is famous in South Korea, but also Japan. One of her ventures sold one million copies alone in Japan. The singer has also recorded songs in Mandarin, making her widely famous in East Asia. BOA has also been a part of the Hollywood movie, Make Your Move 3D. She has a net worth of $25 million.
14. Suga (BTS)
Suga or Min Yoongi is a singer, songwriter, and rapper from the boy band, BTS. Yoongi is known for his fiery raps, he is also one of the fastest rappers in South Korea. Suga has composed songs for other artists and has also collaborated with western artists. During a live, Suga confessed to his bandmates that he normally makes a song every day. He also released his mixtapes, “Agust D” which has shaken the music industry. The producer and rapper has a worth of $25 million.
13. J-Hope (BTS)
Jung Ho-Seok or J-hope is a member of BTS. J-hope is known for his smooth styles of rap, he can also sing, compose, and produce songs. Moreover, he is the dance leader of the group and is also known for his dance mechanism. Like Suga and RM, he has also released his mixtape, “Hope World” which dominated sales in the music industry. The dancer and rapper also has a $2 million apartment in Seoul and is worth $25 million.
12. Jessica Jung
The former Girls Generation member, Jessica Jung is not only a kpop idol but also a successful entrepreneur. The singer has a clothing line, Blanc and Eclare which has stress in over 60 locations. It includes the United States, China, and Hong Kong. She has endorsed many Korean cosmetic brands, and her IG accounts scream fashion queen. The singer has recently signed with UTA for her US work projects. She has a net worth of $30 million.
11. DARA (Sandara Park)
Sandara Park or DARA is a singer, actor, and host. She was a member of the girl group, 2NE1, but after disbanding, Sandara has been working solo. And she has been doing great as an artist. Besides music, she has appeared in Korean dramas as well as acted in shows in the Philippines. DARA also owns a Youtube channel where she shares content with her fans. Currently, she has a net worth of $35 million.
10. T.O.P (Choi Seung Hyun)
TOP is a member of the boy group, Big Bang. TOP is a rapper, singer, and songwriter. In 2010, he released GD & TOP which peaked at #1 in Korea. The rapper is working as a record producer and actor more these days. He is also known for collecting precious art collectibles. TOP has a mansion that is worth $2.5 million. Besides music, most of his income generates from endorsement deals. The rapper has a net worth of $35 million.
Taeyang or Dong Young Bae is also a member of Big Bang. Like his other bandmates, Taeyang also has a successful solo career in music. The singer is known for his amazing fashion style, and has worked with Fendi to launch, “Fendi for Taeyang.” The singer has more than 30 song credits to himself and he also owns a beautiful home that is worth $3.5 million. Moreover, Taeyang owns another real estate that is worth $7 million. The kpop star is worth $35 million.
8. Lee Hyori
On #8 position, we have a kpop idol from the first generation. Lee Hyori was a member of the girl group, Fin. K.L. By 2006, Hyori was the highest-paid Kpop idol. She earned more from her endorsement deals which include companies like Samsung, and the soju brand, Chum Churum. She married producer, Lee Sang-soon in 2013. Together they produced several variety shows. The singer is worth $40 million.
Lee Ji Eun or IU is undoubtedly one of the most successful and popular female Kpop Idol. The singer is not only has a famous discography but also an amazing career in acting. She has acted in popular Kdramas such as Hotel del Luna, Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and many more. She has written multiple songs for her albums, as well as for several Kdramas. IU also endorse products for many companies, including Samsung, Sony Korea, Sk Telcom, and more. The singer lives at Caelitus- one of the more luxurious apartments in South Korea. IU has a net worth of $45 million.
6. Choi Siwon
Siwon is a member of the group, Super Junior, and is also a very successful South Korean actor. Besides, his hard-earned money, Siwon is also in line to inherit his parent’s wealth. As a part of Super Junior, Siwon has released several albums and songs. He was also a part of Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, A Battle of Wits, Dragon Blade, To the Fore, and Helios. In 2015, he became the special representative of the South Korea Committee for UNICEF. He is worth $50 million at the moment.
RAIN is a singer, actor, songwriter, and artist. The singer first launched his solo album in 2002 which topped charts instantly. Since then, he has given 7 hit albums. RAIN has also appeared in several Kdramas and even American movies. In 2015, he opened his own company, RAIN COMPANY. Rain and his superstar actress wife Kim Tae-Hee own a $42 million worth mansion in Cheongdam. The artist has a net worth of $55 million.
G-Dragon is another member of the group, Big Bang. He is a singer, rapper, model, producer, and fashion icon. The singer has over 180 songs credited under his name, and he earns $700,000 a year on songwriting Royalties. Besides being an artist, he is also a fashion trendsetter, hence, influential. The artist endorses multiple products, while he makes music. He has his own solo album, Heartbreaker, and worked with TOP on his album, GD & TOP. G-dragon is worth $55 million at present.
On #3 we have PSY. Also known as Park Jae Sang, PSY is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. With his superhit single, Gangnam Style, PSY took the world by storm. It was a global hit and PSY undoubtedly bath in the “money shower.” His career was a late bloomer, but he managed to earn all that he could in a single year with his hit. He earned $28 million alone in the year, 2012. He is currently worth $60 million.
2. Kim Jae Joong
The second richest Kpop idol is Kim Jaejoong. Jaejoong is a singer, actor, model, businessman, and designer. He was a member of the boy group, JYJ, and TVXQ. Moreover, he also has a very successful career in acting. With shows like Triangle, Protect the Boss, Dr. Jin, and Manhole, he has become a common household name in South Korea. He also owns multiple lavish buildings and apartments in Korea. The multi-rounder also has a liking for cars, he owns several of them. Some of which are 0Bentley Continental, Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640, Mitsuoka Himiko, Audi R8, 2 Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Ferrari 458, and a Rolls-Royce Wraith. With a net worth of $80 million, he is definitely a financial giant.
The owner of JYP Entertainment, and Kpop idol, JYP or Jin Young Park stands at the top. He is by far the richest kpop idol, and it will be tough to beat his score. He had a successful music career in the mid-90s. But, he didn’t stop at music. JYP opened his own agency, JYP Entertainment, which is one of the biggest in South Korea. He is also the richest agency head in terms of stock ownership (17.8%). Park’s own shares worth $169 million alone. Its no doubt that JYP has made quite a name and money bills for himself. The record producer, head of JYP, and musician is worth a whopping $200 million.