Young, beautiful, and wealthy. These are the common traits of these female idols who debuted at a young age and have already made enough earnings from advertisements, appearances, royalties, etc., to live and spend for the rest of their lives.
Check out the successful boss ladies of the K-Pop industry below.
Suzy (age 24)
There were once rumors that Suzy kept JYP Entertainment running due to her packed schedule and various promotions. Suzy started promoting outside of miss A when she debuted as an actress on “Dream High” and the film “Architecture 101.” Since then, she secured her image as the “nation’s first love” and received numerous offers from various advertising companies.
After her first film, she starred in 22 advertisements, which added up to 10 billion won (approximately $8,877,600) in advertisement fees in just 2013. Her current drama “While You Were Sleeping” is being received positively by the public, so it is projected that her advertisement fees will increase.
The singer and actress is the 791st member of the Honor Society, an organization of people who donate large amounts of money. She has donated uniforms, supported incurable diseases, and supported families of the victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy. She also agreed to donate 100 million won (approximately $88,776) to the Gwangju Community Chest.
Watch Suzy in “While You Were Sleeping” now exclusively on Rakuten Viki!
Hyeri (age 24)
Girl’s Day member Hyeri gained massive popularity after appearing on MBC’s “Real Men” and tvN’s “Reply 1988.” Afterwards, she filmed 30 advertisements and earned the nickname “10 billion won girl.” Convenience stores also carried “Hyeri food” which were convenience store lunches and snacks for which she modeled.
In April, she appeared on KBS 2TV’s “Happy Together” and revealed that a large part of her advertisement fees was readjusted. The singer-actress donated her voice by narrating a video about excavating the remains of those who lost their lives in the Korean War.
Relive the memories of Hyeri as Deok Sun on “Reply 1988!”
IU (age 25)
As a singer-songwriter, IU is actively involved in composing and producing her songs. She participated in writing the lyrics of all of the songs on the album “Palette,” and wrote and produced the track “Palette.” She also worked with composer Lee Jong Hoon on the track “Can’t Love You Anymore.”
After her success of “Good Day” in 2010, IU has continued her streak of success and has increased the amount of participation in her albums, which will increase her projected royalty earnings.
So far, IU has filmed 44 advertisements and is estimated to have earned around 1 billion won (approximately $887,760). She is famous for not receiving any presents from her fans and also for giving back. She has created the IU scholarship at her former high school and donated 100 million won ($88,776) to the Green Umbrella Children’s Fund.
Watch the singer show off her acting skills in the drama “Producer” alongside Kim Soo Hyun!
YoonA (age 28)
Girls’ Generation member YoonA is another successful female idol-turned-actress. She appeared in the Chinese drama “God of War, Zhao Yun” which received first in viewership ratings, and it was reported she received 3 billion won ($2,663,280) in appearance fees.
She also filmed the most advertisements in 2012 from cosmetics, outdoor wear, beds, department store, water filter, jewelry, and more. In just the first half of 2012, she appeared in 20 ads and was estimated to have earned about 4 billion won ($3,551,040). As a Girls’ Generation member for 10 years, her earnings from record sales and concert earnings are also estimated to be a large amount.
Along with Suzy, YoonA is also an Honor Society member. In 2013, she donated close to 100 million won ($88,776).
Check out YoonA’s regal acting in “The King Loves” now!
Taeyeon (age 29)
With a minimum income of at least 1 billion won a year (approximately $887,760), Taeyeon is the highest earning member of Girls’ Generation. Along with group promotions, she also earned a lot from being a part of unit TaeTiSeo and her solo album activities.
Taeyeon gifted her parents an apartment with three bathrooms in her hometown of Jeonju and drives around in a luxurious foreign brand car that costs over 100 million won ($88,776).
She officially started to become a singer-songwriter with the solo debut “I,” which increased her royalty earnings. In May, Taeyeon started her Asia tour titled “Taeyeon Solo Concert Persona” where tickets in every city were sold out.
To give back, Taeyeon has sold homemade cookies and donated the earnings to a children’s cancer foundation. Her actions have had a positive impact on her fans where her fans donate to children’s organizations or volunteer on her birthday.
BoA (age 32)
The queen of K-pop’s career has spanned every year of the current millennium, having debuted in 2000 and still going strong. She is not only a hit singer and sought-out commercial model in her native South Korea, but all across Asia and particularly successful in Japan. Not content just to ride on the enormous success of her musical career, recently BoA has turned to other creative outlets such as acting, hosting shows like “Produce 101 Season 2,” and playing the role of cultural ambassador.
Her net worth was recently estimated to be around $14.5 million. In 2007, she had the fourth highest salary in South Korea and was the only woman in the Top 10.
Check out her acting in “My Wife Is Having An Affair This Week!”
Lee Hyori (age 39)
Once known as one of the “Nation’s Fairies,” this first-generation idol is known for her openness and honesty, even when it comes to her income. She has said in the past that having a rich husband doesn’t matter to her as she has made plenty of money, and recently showed off her comfortable lifestyle at her Jeju Island home on “Hyori’s Homestay.”
In 2006, Lee Hyori was the highest-paid female singer in South Korea when she signed a contract with Mnet Media. Her sex appeal led to many advertising and endorsement opportunities and a consumer survey in 2005 ranked her brand power as the strongest among female entertainers. In the past, she signed advertising contracts with major corporations such as Samsung and Lotte Liquor, the latter reporting that the market share of their soju brand rose 4 percent during Lee Hyori’s modeling run.
She has donated and campaigned for many social causes such as animal rights, working closely with shelters (where she met her husband Lee Sang Soon).