Korean shows and movies have recently become quite popular outside the country with the actors gaining fame internationally. Apart from fame, some of the most beloved Korean actors are also offered a handsome salary for their work in K-dramas and movies.
In this article, we have presented a list of top 15 richest Korean actors in the world 2023.
Top 15 Richest Korean Actors in the World 2023
The table provides the list of the top 15 richest Korean actors in the world along with their net worth (as in 2023) and their breakthrough series.
|Name||Net worth (2023)||Breakthrough series|
|Kim Soo-Hyun||$117 Million||Dream High|
|So Ji-Sub||$41 Million||What Happened in Bali|
|Lee-Jong-Suk||$32 Million||Secret Garden|
|Lee-Min-Ho||$26 Million||Boys Over Flowers|
|Song Joong Ki||$24 Million||Sungkyunkwan Scandal|
|Hyun Bin||$21 Million||My Name is Kim Sam-soon|
|Park Seo-joon||$21 Million||Kill Me, Heal Me|
|Lee Seung-gi||$16 Million||Brilliant Legacy|
|Gong Yoo||$14 Million||Coffee Prince|
|Ji Chang-wook||$12 Million||Smile Again|
|Jo In-sung||$12 Million||Something Happened in Bali|
|Yoo Ah-in||$12 Million||Sungkyunkwan Scandal|
|Cha Eun-woo||$8 Million||Gangnam Beauty|
|Lee Joon-gi||$5 Million||The King and the Clown|
|Park Bo-gum||$2.5 Million||Wonderful Mama|
World’s 15 Richest Korean Actors in 2023
Now that you know who the world’s richest Korean actors are, what are their net worth, their breakthrough role, etc, let’s check more about these amazing actors.
1. Kim Soo-Hyun
Kim Soo-hyun is one of the highest-paid and the richest actor in South Korea with a total net worth of $117 million. Kim has been featured in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 40 list and also in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. His top movies and shows include Dream High, Moon Embracing the Sun, The Thieves and Secretly, Greatly.
2. So Ji-Sub
Beginning his career as a jeans model, So Ji-sub soon is a renowned swimmer, actor and rapper from South Korea. Over the career of more than 25 years, Ji-sub has worked in numerous movies, television shows, web series and music videos. After Kim Soo-hyun, he is the second richest Korean actor in the world.
3. Lee Jong-Suk
Lee Jong-suk became the youngest male model ever to participate in Seoul Fashion Week before he started out in acting business. Lee is also a philanthropist who has donated millions of won to the Hope Bridge Disaster Relief Association that helps the victims of natural calamities. He is also the owner of the dining cafe, 89Mansion.
4. Lee Min-Ho
Lee Min-ho is an actor, singer, model, creative director and businessman who gained immense popularity from the television series Boys Over Flowers. Min-ho earned the Best New Actor award for his role in the series. He is the most followed South Korean actor on social media and is the first Korean celebrity to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
5. Song Joong Ki
Next to be included in the list of 15 richest Korean actors in the world is Song Joong-ki. With a net worth of $24 Million, he stands at fifth place in this list. He has worked in various popular shows and movies. Owing to his success in TV series and film, he has been internationally established as a top star in the Korean entertainment industry.
6. Hyun Bin
Hyun Bin (born Kim Tae-pyung) is not just one of the richest but also one of the highest paid and most influential actors in South Korea. He has appeared in many successful television shows and has appeared in quite significant movies as well. Confidential Assignment, The Swindlers, The Negotiation and Rampant are some of the top-rated movies in which Hyun Bin has starred in.
7. Park Seo-joon
Park Seo-joon started his acting career through a music video but soon bagged some great projects in Korean drama. He is one of the world’s richest Korean actors and has worked in some popular shows and movies like Kill Me, Heal Me, She Was Pretty, Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, Fight for My Way, etc. Park is the winner of multiple awards and accolades for his work in Korean entertainment industry.
8. Lee Seung-gi
Lee Seung-gi was a well-known singer before he became one of the richest actors of Korea. Through his roles in K-dramas, Seung-gi not only gained popularity in Korea but in parts of Asia as well. He is known as Triple Threat” entertainer oqing to his success as a singer, actor and host. Lee Seung-gi was the first celebrity to be included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2010.
9. Gong Yoo
Gong Yoo (original name Gong Ji-cheol) is known all across the globe for his heartfelt role in the famous zombie movie Train to Busan (2016). Yoo established his name in the Korean industry through the MBC’s romantic comedy Coffee Prince. In 2017, it was revealed that Gong Yoo is a descendant of Chinese philosopher Confucius.
10. Ji Chang-wook
Ji Chang-wook is a renowned actor and singer from South Korea and is one of the richest Korean actor in the world. During his compulsory military service, he was awarded a prize for his excellent performance and promoted to Sergeant Ji before his discharge. his notable works include Empress Ki, Healer, The K2, Suspicious Partner, Melting Me Softly, etc
11. Jo In-Sung
Jo In-sung (Zo In-sung) is a prominent Korean actor who started his entertainment debut in 1998 as a model. He started working in television shows in 1999 and got his lead role in the drama series Shoot for the Stars. Jo In-sung has been presented with multiple awards and accolades for his performance in the entertainment industry.
12. Yoo Ah-in
Uhm Hong-sik, known professionally as Yoo Ah-in, is an actor, creative director and gallerist from South Korea. He is known and praised for the diversity in his roles and the brilliancy with which he play those roles. Ah-in is the first Korean actor and the only Asian to be featured in The New York Times’ “The Best Actors of 2018” list.
13. Cha Eun-woo
At the age of only 25 years, Cha Eun-woo (original name Lee Dong-min) has managed to make his name among the richest Korean actors in the world. He is also a well-known singer and a member of the South Korean boy band Astro. A major philanthropist as well, Eun-woo has donated millions for the relief of fire and Covid victims.
14. Lee Joon-gi
Lee Joon-gi is a popular actor not just in Korea but also overseas, especially in Asia, and has established him as a top Hallyu star. A practitioner of various forms of martial arts, Joon-gi is recognized within the industry as one of the country’s top action stars. His top movies include Iljimae, Arang and the Magistrate, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Lawless Lawyer and Flower of Evil.
15. Park Bo-gum
Park Bo-gum is the last actor to be featured in the list of 15 richest Korean actors in the world 2023. Park is the youngest artist to be named Gallup Korea’s Television Actor of the Year and the first ever actor to top the Korea Power Celebrity list by Forbes Korea. His title “Bo-gum” means ‘precious sword’.