Korean pop idol, or K-pop idol, is a term used to describe a South Korean musical artist signed under a mainstream entertainment agency In South Korea, potential idols are commonly cast by agencies via auditions or street casting in order to become trainees. With the development of music industry the number of K-pop idols are also increasing remarkably.
There are an enormous number of K-pop idols in the industry as Korean industry is one of the famous and largest film and music industry in the world. There are also held contests and shows to encourage and raise new talent to the industry. But still there is a large number of idols entertaining not only Korea but also the world. Among these the top 10 richest K-Pop idols 2018 are listed as follows.
10. Lee Ji-Eun: $15 million
Lee Ji Eun , better known by her stage name IU is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actress. While still in middle school, the IU auditioned for various talent agencies with ambitions of becoming a singer. She signed with LOEN Entertainment as a trainee and began her music career at the age of 15 with her debut album, Lost and Found. Her famous albums are Growing Up and IU…IM, and Good Day.
9. Choi Seung-Hyun: $2.5 million
Choi Seung-Hyun better known by his stage name T.O.P, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang and has also participated in various dramas and films, such as I Am Sam, Iris, Nineteen, 71, Into the Fire, Commitment and Tazza: The Hidden Card. He also owns different awards as well.
8. Park Jeong-Su: $4 million
Park Jeong-Su better known by his stage name Leeteuk, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is a member of the K-Pop boy band Super Junior and its subgroups, Super Junior-T and Super Junior-H. He, along with his group won different awards and also are very famous not only in Korea but also in other regions.
7. Goo Hara: $8 million
Goo Hara is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known for being a former member of Korean pop girl group Kara and for portraying Choi Da-hye, the president’s daughter, on City Hunter. Hara released her debut mini album Alohara in 2014. Hara is a young, smart and talented artist of Korea and entertains her fans and followers very well.
6. Im Yoona: $10 million
Im Yoona is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation and has participated in various television dramas such as You Are My Destiny Cinderella Man, Love Rain, Prime Minister and I, and God of War, Zhao Yun. She is also famous as a rapper and the ad model.
5. JYJ: $12 million
JYJ is a South Korean pop group formed in 2010 by Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, the three former members of TVXQ. Their group name is taken from the first letters of each member’s name. JYJ has caught the attention of various newspapers and media networks around the world and is the first K-pop group to perform in Chile and Peru. Their famous albums include EP The, The Beginning and In Heaven.
4. Kwon Boa: $14 million
Kwon Boa, commonly stylized and known by her stage name BOA, is a South Korean singer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. She is referred to as the Queen of Korean Pop. She was discovered by SM Entertainment talent agents when she accompanied her older brother to a talent search. She is the first Korean pop star to break through in Japan.
3. Choi Siwon: $25 million
Choi Si-won is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its Mandopop subgroup, Super Junior-M. He is one of the first four South Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps. He played the lead roles in the Korean drama Oh! My Lady and Poseidon.
2. Kwon Ji-Yong: $30 million
Kwon Ji-yong better known by his stage name G-Dragon, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion icon. After 6 years as a trainee under the record label YG Entertainment, G-Dragon officially debuted as a member of the South Korean group Big Bang. He is one of the famous Korean pop idols.
1. Park Jae-Sang aka PSY: $45 million
Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and rapper. PSY is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single “Gangnam Style”. The song’s refrain “Oppan Gangnam Style” was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of 2012. Psy is a versatile and talented artist, he is much famous not in Korea only but all across the globe.
These Korean pop idols rocks not only Korea but also the world, including China, Japan, etc. They are very well known for their art and talent, not in their country but also the world making their region proud as well. Meanwhile they are making money for them and ranks them in the richest Korean pop idols in 2018.