In the K-Pop industry, it often takes some time before an idol starts making a decent amount of money, let alone finding themselves becoming a millionaire. Some artists never reach that amount of income, while others work for years before finally finding that kind of success. These 7 female K-Pop idols are considered to be some of the richest in the industry currently, and some have been in the business for a lot longer than others!
7. Lisa (BLACKPINK)
Lisa is the youngest celebrity on this list, in terms of both her age and how long she has been in the K-Pop industry! Her fame in both South Korea and her home country, Thailand, has made her the richest member of BLACKPINK, and she’s a well-known fashion icon that has represented brands such as Prada and Adidas.
Lisa’s recent debut as a soloist also brought her a huge boost in her income, given how successful LALISA was! Her current net worth is estimated to be about $15 million USD.
BoA is known as the “queen of K-Pop” to many, and it’s easy to see why! She has recorded 20 studio albums since her career began in 2003, with nearly half of them in Japanese.
She has also starred in numerous K-Dramas, as well as the Hollywood film Make Your Move. Her current net worth is estimated to be about $25 million USD.
5. Bae Suzy
Though Suzy’s career began as a member of Miss A, her work as a solo musician and actress has shot her into greater stardom since then.
She has starred in numerous K-Dramas such as Start-Up and While You Were Sleeping, and has worked with worldwide brands such as Reebok, Swarovski, and others. Her current net worth is estimated to be about $25 million.
4. YoonA (Girls’ Generation)
YoonA is known by many for being a member of Girls’ Generation, but she is arguably known just as well for her work in K-Dramas. She actually began acting the same year that the girl group debuted — 2007 — and even before then, she appeared in over 200 commercials and music videos.
She has also been dubbed the “CF queen” for promoting over 40 different brands. Her current net worth is estimated to be about $25 million USD.
3. Sandara Park
While Sandara first became known through being a part of one of the most famous K-Pop girl groups of all time — 2NE1 — she built her own career as a soloist after the group disbanded suddenly in 2016. She became well-known in the acting industry as well, starring in films such as Cheese in the Trap and Bcuz of You.
Her status as a popular artist in Korea as well as the Philippines have earned her brand deals with companies such as CLIO, Etude House, Nikon, and others. Her current net worth is estimated to be about $30 million USD.
2. Lee Hyori
Lee Hyori’s career in the K-Pop industry started with her being a member of the group Fin.K.L, and it led to her becoming the highest paid singer in 2006.
Like many other artists on this list, however, her income wasn’t made through just music alone, but also through advertisement deals with brands like Samsung. Her current net worth is estimated to be about $40 million USD.
And finally at the top of the list, IU is thought to be the highest-paid idol in the K-Pop industry! Part of her success comes from her self-producing abilities, as she has over 50 songs that she has written herself.
She’s also famous for having the starring roles in the K-Dramas Hotel Del Luna and Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and has brand deals with companies like Samsung, Sony, Guess, and others. Her current net worth is estimated to be about $45 million USD!