Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – K-Pop idols are often seen as living glamorous and luxurious lifestyles because of their popularity. However, it turns out that some of these idols have been rich since birth and even live as chaebol.
Chaebol is a term for South Korea’s large industrial conglomerates. Even so, they have proven that they can be successful with their respective talents.
Here are ten K-Pop idols who were born into rich families and lived in luxury even before they became famous. The following is the explanation released Koreaboo.
1. Siwon (Super Junior)
Photo: ANTARA FOTO/AFRIADI HIKMAL
Regional Ambassador for UNICEF East Asia & Pacific Choi Siwon or Siwon Suju (right) welcomed by Alternate Chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) Bernardino Vega on the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit 2023 at Sultan Hotel, Jakarta, Monday (4/ 9/2023). Media Center of The ASEAN Summit 2023/Afriadi Hikmal/aww/mifta.
Siwon’s father is reportedly the former CEO of Boryung Medicine, a well-known pharmaceutical company in Korea. His family also apparently owns Hyundai Department Store, one of the major department store chains in Korea, and Korean Slim Fashion.
Siwon is also known for his philanthropic activities. He has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2010 and was appointed as the South Korean committee’s special representative to UNICEF in 2015.
2. Jennie (BLACKPINK)
Photo: Jennie BLACKPINK’s Instagram documentation
BLACKPINK’s Jennie’s mother is reportedly a shareholder and one of the key people in CJ E&M, one of the most prominent entertainment content companies in South Korea and the parent company of MNet and TvN in South Korea. His father reportedly owns a hospital in the Gangnam district of Seoul.
3. Mark (GOT7)
Mark’s father is a businessman. Mark’s family owns several properties in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. In fact, he reportedly once flew to Switzerland from Thailand just to go snowboarding.
4. Tzuyu (Twice)
Tzuyu’s parents are entrepreneurs in Taiwan. They manage a retail business in Tainan city and invest in three hospitals. Tzuyu’s mother reportedly also manages a medical aesthetics clinic and cafe.
5. Nickhun (2PM)
Nickhun was born in the United States and raised in Thailand. He attended Waganui Collegiate School, one of the most prestigious schools in New Zealand, which is famous because it was also the school of Prince Edward of the British Empire. Her mother is the CEO of Union Medical in Thailand, a leading pharmaceutical distributor.
6. Sooyoung (Girls’ Generation)
Sooyoung’s grandfather was the CEO of a South Korean architectural firm that helped build the famous Seoul Arts Center. His father is the chairman of a production and construction company. Sooyoung’s family also reportedly owns many luxury villas in the wealthy Cheongdam-dong neighborhood of Seoul.
7. Umji (VIVIZ)
Umji’s father is the most sought-after dental surgeon in South Korea. He holds a high position in the Moa Dental group, which has more than 45 medical clinics in Korea.
8. Chenle (NCT)
Photo: Chenle NCT
Chenle’s grandfather is said to be one of China’s top 20 businessmen. There is not much information about what business his family runs, but his childhood photos show that he had a luxurious life as a child.
9. Yook Sung Jae (BTOB)
Yook Sung Jae’s father is the CEO of an IT company that supplies semiconductors, and the company reportedly made ₩10.0 billion KRW (approximately US$ 7.19 million) in 2019.
His maternal grandfather was a pioneer in importing silky red carp to South Korea.
10. Jay (ENHYPEN)
Jay was born in Seattle, Washington, United States, and lived there until he was ten years old. Jay’s father is reportedly the President of Sinar Tours. This travel agent started chartering flights from South Korea to Brunei because there were no direct flights to and from that destination in 2015.
He also invested in tour agencies in the US and Canada. One of the most memorable moments that ENHYPEN members remember about Jay was when they all went on vacation. Jay paid for all expenses, including their accommodation, at a reputable hotel.
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