Global media company Forbes has just released their annual list of the most powerful Korean celebrities! Like previous years, it captures a glimpse at the current landscape of the country’s celebrity hierarchy. The list was narrowed down after taking into consideration professional achievements, social media popularity, earnings, TV appearances, and media exposure.
Check out the celebrities who made it to the Top 10 below.
10. Jang Minho (Singer)
In tenth place is singer Jang Minho, who rose to stardom after competing in the widely popular reality television show Mr. Trot in 2020. He made it to the finals and placed sixth, instantly skyrocketing him to national fame.
9. Yoo Jae Suk (TV Host, Comedian)
Decorated television host and comedian Yoo Jae Suk made it to ninth place in this year’s list. Thanks to his quick wit and relatable personality, he became a beloved figure in Korea, hosting shows like Infinite Challenge, Running Man, and Happy Together.
8. Youn Yuh Jung (Actress)
Next, actress Youn Yuh Jung is the eighth most powerful Korean celebrity of 2022, according to Forbes. The veteran actress rose to international fame with her role in Minari, winning her Best Supporting Actress at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Her acting may be unrivaled, but it’s also her spontaneous humor that endeared her to many!
7. Lim Young Woong (Singer)
In 2020, Lim Young Woong bested 17,000 applicants in Mr. Trot to clinch first place. Not only has he swept various awards ceremonies since then, his personal YouTube account has already surpassed 1.3 million subscribers.
6. Lee Seung Gi (Actor, Singer, TV Host)
Multitalented entertainer Lee Seung Gi is sixth in Forbes’ list, and for good reason. He is more than capable of singing, acting, and hosting. Throughout his career, he has won multiple awards, and his fanbase is only growing larger!
5. Lee Chanwon (Singer)
The third trot singer on the list, Lee Chanwon just so happened to land in 3rd place in the same season of Mr. Trot. Thanks to his popularity, he has appeared on television shows and has won several awards.
4. Hyun Jin Ryu (Baseball Player)
Hyun Jin Ryu, the first athlete on the list, is a successful professional baseball player. He pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. His impressive skill on the field has inspired many!
3. Son Heung Min (Football Player)
In third place is football player Son Heung Min. Not only does he play forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, he also captains the South Korean national team! He is widely considered to be one of the greatest Korean football players of all time.
2. BLACKPINK (K-Pop Group)
According to Forbes, the second most powerful in the Korean entertainment scene is BLACKPINK, the four member girl group of YG Entertainment.
Each member has had a successful run this past year, with several making their solo debuts and multiple brands choosing them to model their products. As “It Girls” boasting millions of followers around the world, their influence is undeniable!
1. BTS (K-Pop Group)
And finally, in first place is none other than K-Pop group BTS!
The year may have just begun, but the boys already have many accomplishments under their belt, including a successful solo concert, Permission To Dance On Stage. The sought-after concert was attended by thousands of fans, becoming a night that they’ll never forget.
With their widespread fame, loyal fans, and large number of records, it’s no surprise BTS claimed the top spot!