From Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, Idol Chart conducted a survey asking which idol is the most financial-savvy and would be most likely to have an affinity for stocks and real estate. Here are the fifteen idols who received the most votes.
15. WINNER's Song Mino - 99 votes
Song Mino has proved himself to be quite the financial wizard! Not only does the idol earn royalties as a producer, but he also earns from his endorsements! He is the face of the game "Penta Storm: The Strike of Kings" and is also the face of Lotte's "Let's Be" coffee. He is the ambassador for Burberry and has walked the runway for Louis Vuitton. He even released a collaboration with the brand Gentle Monster! Additionally, Mino is a photographer and painter.
14. AKMU's Lee Chanhyuk - 118 votes
Lee Chanhyuk not only earns from his activities as a member of the sibling duo AKMU, but he also bags a ton of royalties from all the songs he wrote and produced! He not only writes and produces all of AKMU's materials, but he has also produced and written music for Younha and Bang Yedam.
13. EXO's Sehun - 174 votes
Sehun not only earns money as an idol and an actor, but he is also a recognized songwriter in the KOMCA! He has fourteen songs that he is credited with co-writing and co-producing, meaning he earns royalties from those songs. He is also the brand spokes perform for Dr.Jart+'s China region, and he is also a brand ambassador for Ermenegildo Zegna and Dior Men.
12. BLACKPINK's Jisoo - 217 votes
Jisoo is making quite the name for herself as an idol and an actress! As of 2020, she is also a songwriter, having co-written parts of BLACKPINK's song "Lovesick Girls." Before her debut, Jisoo also made money by acting in CFs. Now, Jisoo is the face of South Korean cosmetics brand Kiss Me and is the brand ambassador for Dior and Cartier.
11. Red Velvet's Seulgi - 239 votes
Of course, Seulgi secures that bag as an idol. However, the idol also secures herself with those endorsements! In 2018, Seulgi was selected as Converse Korea's first female brand ambassador. In 2019, Seulgi was named the ambassador of L'Occitance X OMY's "City Palette" campaign.
10. MONSTA X's Shownu - 304 votes
Shownu is a singer and dancer and has made quite a living as a member of MONSTA X. However, and he has also branched out to do some solo activities! He has worked on drama soundtracks and has appeared in numerous variety shows. The idol has even worked as an audiobook narrator!
9. BIGBANG's G-Dragon - 362 votes
Of course, how can we forget G-Dragon? G-Dragon is not only an artist. He is an entrepreneur. In 2012, G-Dragon built a pension hotel that people can stay at. In 2015, he opened up a cafe called Monsant Cafe. He opened the second one in 2017, named Untitled, 2017. G-Dragon has countless endorsements and is said earned USD 1.5 million with each endorsement. To name all of it would take forever - but let's say that G-Dragon definitely is not struggling!
8. Girls' Generation's Taeyeon - 378 votes
Taeyeon earns as both an idol and as an actress. She also previously earned as a radio show host in the past. On top of that, Taeyeon is known as a "completed piece" that fits roles as an artist, beauty icon, and fashion trailblazer. She has been the face of numerous cosmetic brands, such as Natural Republic, Banila Co., and Missha. She is also the face of Jeju Samdasoo, Kakao Games, Pais Baguette, and more.
7. Suzy - 798 votes
Suzy has made a name for herself as an actress and singer. On top of that, Suzy is known as one of South Korea's "CF Queens." In 2013, she made more than 10 billion won with 14 endorsements alone. She promoted numerous brands from cosmetics, apparel, to even sugar!
6. TWICE's Jihyo - 1,151 votes
Jihyo is known as TWICE's hard-working leader. The idol not only makes money as an idol but also as a songwriter. Jihyo is credited with co-writing eight TWICE songs, with four of those songs have been entirely written by Jihyo herself. She earns from the royalties of all those songs.
5. Ong Seongwu - 1,430 votes
Ong Seongwu is quite a busy boy! He debuted and promoted with the project group up until their disbandment. Following the group's dissolution, Ong Seongwu pursued a career as an actor and saw success in that industry. After that, he debuted as a soloist. With all the projects One Seongwu has successfully pulled off, it is no surprise he is getting that bread!
4. AB6IX's Lee Daehwi - 2,973 votes
Lee Daehwi is the second former Wanna One member on the list, and it is no surprise why! Other than promoting with AB6IX, Daehwi is the face of Fanta pineapple flavor. He is also a registered songwriter at the KOMCA and has writing credits for 29 songs! He earns royalties from those songs.
3. BTS's J-Hope - 11,645 votes
J-Hope is known as the richest member of BTS. Besides promoting as a group member, J-Hope is credited as a writer of over 100 songs, meaning he earns royalties from all those songs. He has written songs for himself, BTS, and Jo Kwon. In 2016, J-Hope purchased a luxury apartment in Seoul worth USD 1.6 million.
2. Young Tak - 11,790 votes
Young Tak is a trot singer who gained fame after winning second place on the Mnet show "Mr. Trot." Besides his appearance on the show, Young Tak has appeared in several variety shows and made cameos in numerous dramas, which he has earned from.
1. BTS's Jungkook - 15,283 votes
BTS's golden maknae ranks at number one! He is only 23-years-old but is already a millionaire! He is also a member of the KOMCA and is credited with writing eighteen songs. He is earning money from the royalties of those songs. In 2019, he bought a luxury apartment worth USD 1.7 million and rents it out, meaning he earns from that.
Source: Idol Chart
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