Many Korean celebrities are fortunate enough to be born into wealthy and powerful families. Many celebrities start from nothing and work hard to become famous. Even though these celebrities are rich and could have just lived a lavish life, they instead chose to work hard and create a name and identity for themselves in this tough showbiz career. These celebrities have worked hard to be where they are today and should be applauded for it. Let’s see the top ten Korean celebrities who grew up rich even before finding fame.
1. Kim Tae-hee
Kim Tae-hee is a 41-year-old actress and is considered one of the most beautiful women in South Korea. Her father is the chairman of Hankook Transportation Company and it was revealed on a TV show that it has an annual turnover which is said to be around 15 billion Korean won ($13.8 million).
2. Park Hyung Sik
Park Hyung-Sik is a South Korean singer, dancer, and actor. He is well known for his roles in The Heirs, High Society, Strong Girl Bong-soon, and Happiness. He also comes from a rich family. His father is a member of the board of directors at BMW Korea.
3. Lee Min Jung
Lee Min Jung is a South Korean actress who comes from a well-known family. Her father is the CEO of a large advertising company in South Korea. She has lived in a mansion of her life which is worth KRW 3.8 billion. Even her late maternal grandfather is a renowned ink painter and a great figure in Korean art history.
4. Choi Siwon
Choi Si-won is a South Korean actor, singer, model and songwriter and a member of the boy group Super Junior. The list of rich celebrities in Korea won’t be complete without Choi. His father is the former CEO of Boryung Medicine, a pharmaceutical company and his mother owns a fashion brand. Not just this but also the famous Hyundai Department Store is owned by them along with various other businesses.
5. Jung Hae-In
Jung Hae-In is well known for his constant hit dramas such as While You Were Sleeping, Something in the Rain, and his most recent Snowdrop. He is the great-grandson of Jeong Yakyong who was a prominent figure in the Joseph era respected and recognised for his written works about science, philosophy and the government. His parents own and run a hospital in South Korea.
6. Lee Yi Kyung
Lee Yi Kyung is a well-known South Korean actor who starred in Welcome To Waikiki. At first, people didn’t know that he came from an influential family. His father is the CEO of LG Innotek. But despite coming from a rich family, he dropped out of school and worked part-time in a DVD shop and comic book to cover rent and lived in a rooftop apartment.
7. Jung II Woo
Jung II Woo family is known to be one with a string of influential members. His father is the director of Kendo Academy and his mother was a professor at the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage. Not just this but his grandfather was the former President’s doctor and currently is the Chief Director of a famous general hospital.
8. Choi Sooyoung
Choi Sooyoung is known for her good looks, personality and talent. She is an actress and singer who comes from a prestigious family. Her grandfather is the CEO of a famous Architecture firm and was the one who built the famed Seoul Arts Centre. Her father is the Chairman of a Production and Construction Company. Her family owns many luxurious villas in the neighbourhood of Cheongdam-dong in Seoul.
9. Yook Sung Jae
Yook Sung Jae is part of the boy band BtoB and an actor in hit dramas such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. His father is the CEO of a semiconductor group and has a turnover of Multi millions. His grandmother is said to own a large fishing farm and it is rumoured that his uncle leads a company called Space Max.
10. Lee Sei Jin
Lee Seo Jin is an elegant and classy actor. He is the grandson of the former CEO of Seoul Bank and is said to be entitled to a legacy worth US $50 Billion. His family is extremely wealthy as they run various successful businesses. Initially, his career choice of being in the entertainment industry was once opposed by his father.