Who's The Richest K-Pop Idol In The World Right Now?

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Can you guess who topped the list?

The hallyu wave has completely taken over the world, and K-pop stars' bank accounts are showing the evidence. But who's the richest K-pop idol? Is G Dragon net worth enough to put him on the top of the list, or is someone else even richer than the Big Bang leader? Read on to find out.

Psy, Taeyang, Boa, G Dragon Net Worth: The Top 10 Richest K-Pop Idols

10. Taeyang — US$10 million

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After making it big with the legendary boy band Big Bang, Taeyang struck out on his own and is now enjoying a hugely successful solo career. One of the most successful male South Korean R&B artists, Taeyang has sold around 10 million records throughout his career. He's endorsed luxury automobile brand Lexus, and partnered with Italian designer brand Fendi to release an exclusive capsule collection line "Fendi for Taeyang".  

9. Suzy — US$10 million++

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A former member of the popular girl group Miss A, Suzy also went into hosting and acting, making it into the big leagues after starring in the historical fusion drama Gu Family Book. Since then, she's enjoyed success so immense that she has the distinction of becoming the first Korean female celebrity to have a wax likeness of herself at Madame Tussauds. Suzy has also become one of the most in-demand endorsers in Korea, endorsing anything from cosmetics to sugar.

8. Yoona — US$11 million

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This Girls' Generation member made it big as an actress after appearing in You Are My Destiny as the lead character. Yoona won two Best New Actress awards for her role, and continued to get lead roles for dramas soon afterwards. She's also endorsed several big brands, and played a huge role in making Korean beauty brands popular in China. She was the first idol to endorse S-Oil, a large South Korean petroleum company, and was also the first overseas endorser for Alcon Taiwan. Her other major endorsements include Innisfree, Crocs, and Lee Jeans.

7. BoA — US$14 million

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BoA released her debut album at the tender age of 13, and though it was only moderately successful, it paved the way for her later success in Japan, then Korea. A few albums later, she became a household name in and out of her native country, even enjoying some success in the West. She's endorsed a wide range of brands, like Olympus, Lotte, Nike, L'Oréal, L'Occitane, and more. Her songs have been used in television shows and movies, and she's also become a cultural ambassador for South Korea.

6. IU — US$15 million

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The youngest idol on this list, 25-year-old IU released her debut album at the age of 15. She enjoyed mainstream success with her succeeding albums, but it wasn't until her 2010 album Real that she became a star. She's been nominated for over 100 awards, winning 50 of them, and in 2012, she was named one of the most influential people in South Korea by Forbes. IU has also appeared in dramas, starring in shows like You're the Best and My Mister.

5. Sandara Park — US$16 million

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Sandara Park first rose to fame in the Philippines, after appearing on the talent show Star Circle Quest in 2004. After returning to Korea, she debuted as a member of the now-legendary group 2NE1. Her babyface has made her one of the most sought-after endorsers in both the Philippines and South korea, promoting anything from makeup to stationery.

4. Rain — US$20 million

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Acotr, singer, and music producer Rain made his debut in the boy band Fanclub, but it wasn't until he went solo that he became successful. He quickly became popular in Japan and Southeast Asia after starring alongside Song Hye-kyo in the megahit romantic comedy K-drama Full House. He's also appeared in several Hollywood films, including Speed Racer in 2008 and Ninja Assassin in 2009. His worldwide appeal has made him one of the highest paid endorsers ini Korea.

3. G-Dragon — US$21 million

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G-Dragon debuted as the leader of hip-hopip hop boy band Big Bang, which later became one of the best-selling boy bands in the world. His solo ventures have all been commercially successful, and he's been awarded multiple times for his contributions to K-pop. G-Dragon has also opened cafes and a pension hotel, which is now run by his parents. G-Dragon's asking price for endorsements is reportedly US$1-1.5 million, which is why the G Dragon net worth is estimated at a whopping US$21 million.

2. Choi Siwon — US$35 million

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A member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, Choi Si-won is also well-known for his acting career in and out of Korea. He's appeared in Hong Kong films, Taiwanese dramas, as well as Korean dramas and films, making him one of the most recognisable faces in the region.

1. Psy — US$45 million

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One doesn't just make 3.2 BILLION views on their debut single on YouTube and not make a killing, so it makes sense that PSY tops this list with a net worth of US$45 million!

(H/T: E! Online)

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