5 Idols Who Want To Be The CEO Of Their Companies (And Could Probably Do A Better Job!)
Being the CEO of a K-Pop company is a lot of hard work, but these idols are definitely up to the task. The five stars below have expressed their interest in becoming CEOs of their agencies — and fans believe they could do an even better job!
1. BTS’s Jin
BTS’s “Worldwide Handsome” member has mentioned his desire for the position multiple times. At one point, he even took over the company’s website and renamed it “JinHit Entertainment”.
@BTS_twt 기억해. 오후 8시 10분. "진히트 엔터테인먼트"가 생겼다 없어진 시간 pic.twitter.com/KpNPUCZiaK
— BIGHIT MUSIC (@BIGHIT_MUSIC) March 13, 2015
Remember. 8:10pm. The time that ‘JinHit Entertainment’ was created and disappeared.
Jin also listed being on BigHit Music‘s board of directors as his life’s goal back in BTS’s 2017 Festa. That goal turned into reality in September of 2020 when BTS became official shareholders of their agency, each acquiring 68,385 shares amounting to a minimum of $7.7 million.
This development brought Jin closer than ever to becoming CEO. We hope to see the official birth of “JinHit Entertainment” soon!
2. EXO’s Suho
Likewise, EXO‘s Suho has also shown his liking for the position. The leader even introduced himself as the “Future Director of SM” during KBS‘s 2018 Gayo Daechukje — which made his fellow members and Girls’ Generation‘s Hyoyeon erupt in laughter.
Junmyeon called himself the Future Director of SM which was why the members all burst out laughing ㅋㅋㅋ Jongin, Sehun, Jongdae and Baekhyun and Hyoyeon at the side all laughing ㅋㅋㅋ Our ambitions Bunny~ 👍🏻🐰#EXO #SUHO @weareoneEXO
— 면토끼 '^' (@BUNNYMYE0N) December 28, 2018
EXO-Ls love the idea of Suho becoming a director in the future so much that they even mentioned it during a conference he and SM Entertainment founder Lee Sooman attended at Stanford University.
One of the fans who had questions for the pair referred to Suho as the “future CEO of SM“. This seemingly flustered the idol, who hilariously responded asking the fan to call him “anything” but that, while pointing toward Lee Sooman.
‘You can call me anything, SUHO, or Junmyeon, oppa, but DON’T call me SM 선생님(CEO)…there is only one *points at LSM* 👁 #SUHO #수호 #SUHOxSTANFORD pic.twitter.com/zkheJFDc3b
— 373² (@ctrlaIbum) May 20, 2022
Suho’s leadership skills in EXO prove he could definitely be a great future CEO of SM Entertainment, so backing him and EXO-Ls on this dream is only right.
3. SEVENTEEN’s S.Coups
From one leader to another, S.Coups has also publicly supported his fans’ “Next Pledis CEO” agenda. One determined Carat delivered the message on a banner during SEVENTEEN‘s Be The Sun concert in Bangkok in October of last year, sparking a reaction from S.Coups.
As soon as S.Coups (also known as Seungcheol) spotted the banner, which listed his name next to Han Sung Soo (PLEDIS Entertainment‘s founder and CEO) and Kim Yeon Soo (PLEDIS Entertainment’s Vice President), he immediately showed it off to his group mates.
Cheol took this slogan from carat & giggled with hoshi..lol
the slogan: "Han Sungsoo (pledis ceo) Kim Yeonsoo (pledis VP/BSJ) and Choi Seungcheol"
the next CEO in line…😂😂pic.twitter.com/HlEYBNG4Lg
— mi원우지💜 (@miwon17_) October 1, 2022
He showed it to Hoshi, then proceeded toward Jeonghan…
seungcheol showed it to jeonghan again! he rly likes that banner 😭 pic.twitter.com/0RIVDAxkLb
— 쿱한 (@couphanfiles) October 1, 2022
… and lastly Mingyu. The latter decided to support S.Coups’s agenda and raised the banner as high as he could!
พี่คุ้ปดูชอบสโลแกนนี้มาก5555+#BETHESUNinBKK #seventeenth2022 pic.twitter.com/sECU7DRxIU
— 밍 티즈 (@bigmaltese) October 1, 2022
From all this video evidence, it’s only right to assume that S.Coups and his SEVENTEEN members are also behind the fans’ movement to make him the next CEO of Pledis Entertainment.
4. Red Velvet’s Seulgi
The race for SM Entertainment’s future CEO seems to be on, as alongside Suho, Red Velvet‘s Seulgi has also expressed her desire to take over the company.
Seulgi really has a big mind for wanting to become the future sm director and ceo, one day when Seulgi finally takes over sm you all know why pic.twitter.com/vL1fNBdd1Q
— 🧡🐻🧡 (@mangojuish94) May 14, 2020
When asked who she thinks would be the next SM director among Red Velvet members, Seulgi suggested herself, explaining that she’s always the first one to say “I’m going to be the director.”
Seulgi’s fellow bandmate, Wendy, was also asked if she wanted to be SM Entertainment’s director. Wendy declined, saying that the goal is Seulgi’s, not hers.
"wendy want to be SM's director"
wendy: wrong! that's seulgi! i don't want to go that far, i will just go with the flow 😂😆 pic.twitter.com/aDtRfBjVdW
— 슬린 (@seurrene_) June 29, 2022
Fans, however, seem more eager to see Seulgi start her own company rather than take over SM Entertainment — ReVeluvs have had their fair share of frustrations with the group’s agency.
when seulgi gives up her sm director dream and makes her own company instead and take all the rights for red velvet >>>>>>
— paula (@makimaseulgi) August 10, 2022
5. LE SSERAFIM’s Chaewon
Even though Chaewon only recently debuted under Source Music as a member of LE SSERAFIM, she already has great ambitions. The group’s leader expressed her interest in the position during a fan interaction on Weverse.
When a fan of the group uploaded a post saying “I’ll keep rooting for Kim Chaewon until she becomes the CEO of Source Music,” Chaewon soon replied with, “Until the day I am reborn as So Chaewon.”
What makes Chaewon’s reply funnier is the fact that she referred to herself as “So” Chaewon. Fans think it likely was a nod to Source Music’s current CEO So Sung Jin.
Chaewon's reply: please support me until i reborn as So Chaewon
(Source Music's current CEO is So Sungjin)
— joe (@elsserafim) January 26, 2023
No matter how long it may take, we will be there to support Chaewon if she decides to follow the path of becoming the next CEO.