Top 10 Highest Paid and Most Powerful Korean Actress

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1. Jun Ji-hyun

Jun Ji-hyun remains one of the most popular Korean actors of all time. She first became a model, and then began her career with the stage name Jun Ji-hyun. Her estimated net worth is 1 Million Dollars. She is known for her roles in My Sassy Girl and her first most publicized film appearance is Il Mare, a melodrama that was shot in Gangha Island. She was once tagged in Korea as ” Nation’s First Love”. She was also able to get the Best Actress Award at 2002 Grand Bell Awards. She became so famous, that she even suffered from overexposure in advertisements in Korea and Japan. She remains one of the most bankable stars in Korea.

2. Lee Young-ae

Lee Young-ae is known for her appearance in Korean Historical drama ” Jewel in the Palace”, she is rumored to charge nearly $83, 500 USD per episode. She is already married and busy with her family life, but remains one of the most powerful Korean actress in the world, who commands a high price in celebrity endorsements. Lee Young-ae endorsed cosmetics brands like Pacific’s Mamonde, LG Household& Health Care’s The History of Whoo, Lyanature, and Amore.

3. Ha Ji Won

Jeon Hae-rim is a South Korean actress who has the stage name of Ha Ji-won. She is best known for her drama “Damo” in 2003, Hwang Jini in 2006, and Empress Ki in 2013. She is paid around $42,000 dollars per episode.

Ha Ji Won is also a musician and established her own agency, Haewadal Entertainment. She became the first Korean actress to sign with United Talent Agency in Hollywood.

4. Choi Ji-woo

Choi Ji Woo is known for her television series drama ” Beautiful Days”, ” Stairway to Heaven”, The Suspicious Housekeeper and Temptation including the romantic comedy series ” Twenty Again”. She is usually paid $41,000 per episode and has endorsed numerous skin care products in her lifetime.

5. Song Hye Kyo

Song Hye-kyo is a critically acclaimed South Korean actress and very popular in Asian countries including the Philippines. She is known for her roles in Full House with Korean actor and musician Rain. She is also ranked in 2017 as 7th most powerful celebrity in Korea and gained the 6th spot in 2018. She is usually paid $41,000 per episode.

6. Kim Tae Hee

Kim Tae Hee gained worldwide fame for the Korean Drama series ” Stairway to Heaven”. She charges 40 million won per episode. Kim Tae Hee started dating South Korean singer-actor Rain and they got married in 2017. She got pregnant with their first child in May 23, 2017 for their first child, and gave birth to another child in February 2019.

7. Shin Min-A

Shin Min-A is a very popular South Korean actress. She first became a model and a famous face for commercials and music videos then eventually became a drama actress. Her breakout performance is 2005 gangster film ” A Bittersweet Life”. Shin Min-A is paid around $25,000 per episode, her other famous dramas include My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox, A Love to Kill and Oh My Venus.

She is known for collaborating with fashion design companies like Calvin Klein and is known for her sweet sexy vibe.

8. Park Bo Young

Park Bo-young remains one of the most respected Korean actress in the industry. She is known her instant hit films like Scandal Makers, A Werewolf Boy, On Your Wedding Day, Oh My Ghost and one of the most popular Korean drama series that she starred in together with South Korean Actor Park Hyung Sik “ Strong Girl Bong- Soon”. Her recent project on Netflix is ” Abyss”. Her estimated pay is $25,000 per episode, and remains one of the most consistent and hard working actress in the industry.

9. IU

IU was first known as a singer before she became a big actress in Korean Drama series. She is also known for writing her own songs. She began her music career at age 15, and still records new albums every now and then. She earned the title of ” Korea’s Little Sister”, and consistently fills up massive concert venues in Asia.

Her latest hit Korean drama series that made a huge debut in Netflix is fantasy mystery drama Hotel De Luna on April 11, 2019. It is unknown yet how much she is current earning, but her estimated total net worth is $15 million.

10. Ku Hye-sun

Ku Hye-Sun is a singer, songwriter, artist, writer and director. She gained worldwide fame through the hit Korean drama series ” Boys Over Flowers”. Her other drama series projects include Take Care of Us, Captain, Angel Eyes and Blood. Ku Hye-sun is best known for her role as Geum Jan-di in mega hit KBS2 drama Boys Over Flowers where she stars opposite with Lee Min Ho. Apart from being a director, she is also an artist and released her first painting exhibition ” Tango”. Ku Hye-sun estimated net worth is currently $12million.

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