The Top 10 Highest Earning K-Pop Stars

It is common knowledge that the highest earning celebrities are either from America or the United Kingdom. But nonetheless, there are some K-Pop stars who at very tender ages earn more than some of our dads. They may not be making as much as Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber but they take home with them some very good money. Here are the some of the richest K-Pop stars.


1. G- Dragon

He is undisputedly the highest earning K-pop star right now. He is an outstanding recording artist, song writer, model as well as a producer. He has been able to achieve all these at an age of 23 years only. Currently he has more than one hundred songs recorded under his name and a large portion of his income comes for the royalties he earns. He makes more than $10 million annually.

2. Lee Seung Gi

Following closely on the richest stars in the entertainment industry is Lee Gi. As an actor, singer and model he makes well above $7.5 million annually from advertisements and another $2.4 million from music and drama coming to an impressive total of $9.9million.

3. IU

Her album Growing Up released in 2009 has to be one of the most successful recordings in South Korea. She is one of the highest earning K-pop stars today owing majorly to her music and drama. The numerous endorsements she gets also allowed her the staggering earning of about $9.4 million in the year 2011.

4. Jang Geun Suk

At 24 years this guy was earning even while he slept. He walks away will a cool $9 million annually. This is primarily from his music. He has released albums in Japan and China making him a real popular hit in both countries.


5. Kim Hyun Joong

As an actor and rapper at the age of 27, this guy learnt his trade long time ago. He really knows how to electrify a crowd. And the people know how to thank him for that. The man walks away with some really good money. Exact figures are not known but it is estimated to around $8.9million.

6. Jung Yonghwa

CNBlue member Jung Yonghwa does not only have a beautiful voice but also the knowledge of how to use it. He earns not less than $8.5 million annually.

7. Hwang Jung-eum

She is beautiful and talented and laughs all the way to the bank. Earning an impressive $8.3 million per year, she is undoubtedly one of the best female vocalists and actresses in South Korea today.

8. Leeteuk

Super Junior’s impossibly talented Lee Teuk comes in at number 8 of the highest earning K-pop stars. He draws his salary mainly for the TV shows he hosts and the band. He walks home with close to $8million annually.

9. Uee

Kim Yu- Jin has established herself as a very talented actress a career which has seen her earn award after award. She is also the face of the group After School as the vocalist and rapper. She does not walk earn awards only but also a cool $7.8million annually.

10. TOP

Finalizing this list at number ten is TOP. His band mate G-Dragon started off this list and together they have released and album titled GD & Top. TOP makes not less than $7.7million and if his YOUTUBE videos are anything to go by, he makes much more than that.

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