Forbes Korea Announces The Top 40 “Power Celebrities” Of 2017

Forbes released their annual ranking of the “Top 40 ‘Power Celebrities.'”

Park Bo Gum took first place in accordance with the popularity he gained through KBS’s “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds,” while Song Joong Ki came in second place following the success of his drama “Descendants of the Sun.” This is both of their first times entering the chart, but with the help of their hit dramas, they were able to rise to the top. 2017 seems to be a year for actors, as many more actors reached higher spots in the chart than usual.

As for idol groups, EXO ranked in the chart for the fourth consecutive year, even topping the charts in 2015 and 2016. Meanwhile, TWICE, BTS, I.O.I, and more made it to the chart for the first time and proved to be some of the most popular groups of the era.

Yoo Jae Suk and figure skater Kim Yuna are especially remarkable, as there has not been a single year that they were unable to make it to the charts since the first time the chart was issued in 2009.

Take a look at the complete list below.

1. Park Bo Gum

2. Song Joong Ki


4. EXO

5. BTS

6. Suzy

7. Song Hye Kyo

8. Kim Yoo Jung

9. Jo Jung Suk

10. Oh Seung Hwan (athlete)

11. I.O.I

12. Park Shin Hye

13. Yoo Jae Suk

14. Ryu Jun Yeol

15. Lee Se Dol (athlete)

16. Son Heung Min (athlete)

17. Zico

18. AOA

19. Ra Mi Ran

20. Lee Dae Ho (athlete)

21. Lee Min Ho & Jung Woo Sung (tied)

23. Jun Ji Hyun & GFRIEND (tied)

25. Ryu Hyun Jin (athlete)

26. Seo Hyun Jin

27. Gong Yoo

28. Kim Hyun Soo (athlete)

29. Kim Yuna (athlete)

30. Shin Dong Yup

31. Ha Jung Woo

32. Son Yeon Jae (athlete)

33. Park Byung Ho (athlete)

34. Oh Dal Soo

35. Jun Hyun Moo

36. Kim Go Eun

37. Baek Jong Won (chef)

38. Han Hyo Joo

39. Park Sung Hyun (athlete)

40. Kim Hye Soo

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*A previous version of the article incorrectly stated that EXO ranked on the chart for the third consecutive year.

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