- TVXQ’s Changmin and Yunho are still making millions, and EXO is valued at $1 billion, meaning they’re not far from Kim K and Jay-Z’s wealth.
- Blackpink has worked with Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Dua Lipa and Selena Gomez, while the girls themselves have collaborated with Calvin Klein, YSL, Celine and Tiffany & Co.
Blackpink, BTS and Twice have made great strides in show business.
It’s no secret that every year the global influence of the K-pop industry is growing. Groups like BTS and Blackpink not only top the global charts, but also receive worldwide recognition and promotional deals with the most successful brands.
So let’s take a look at all the important totals and announce who is the richest K-pop group of 2022?
5. TVXQ – $30 million
TVXQ debuted in 2003
TVXQ is one of the few groups that have taken the world by storm since their debut in 2003. Despite everything, the K-pop icon remains one of the richest groups in the industry. According to Sportskeeda, their TVXQ net worth is $30 million.
Once a five-member group, the remaining duo of Yunho and Changmin will not let the world forget their popularity. In 2018, TVXQ set a record in Japan by becoming the first international artist to sell a million tickets for a single tour.
Despite the fact that almost 20 years have passed since their debut, TVXQ is still climbing up the charts today.
On August 17, the duo released their new Japanese album “Utsuroi”, which entered the Oricon Singles and Albums Charts for the first time in that country.
4. TWICE – $35 million
Twice is also known as the “Group of the Nation’s Girls”.
JYP’s female bosses are also known as the “girl group of the nation” (although Girls’ Generation also compete for that title), Twice, according to K-pop Starz, has an estimated net worth of US$35 million.
The girls have such an incredible influence that they are the only K-pop group to make it to the Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list. In 2019, The Trailblazers also made history as the first K-pop group to stage a blockbuster Japanese “dome tour,” according to Billboard.
After cementing its reputation in show business with Stray Kids, JYP was ranked #1 among South Korea’s “Big Three” entertainment agencies in 2018, a move that Twice’s success seems to have contributed to.
3. Blackpink – $62 million
Blackpink is one of the most famous K-pop groups of all time.
Revolutionaries has been aptly named by Blinky as YG Entertainment’s “big earner” – and it’s easy to see why, given her massive $62 million net worth.
Blackpink performing during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2019 in Indio, California.
Blackpink have been topping the charts since their debut in 2016 and have recently solidified their status as true global crossover stars with multiple Billboard top charts and collaborations with international stars such as Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Dua Lipa and Selena Gomez. .
The girls have also received an endless amount of lucrative promotional offers, collective and individual, working with brands such as Dior, Calvin Klein, Chanel, YSL, Celine, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co. … the list goes on and on.
Rose for Tiffany & Co.
Blackpink made Spotify history in 2020 when their pre-release single How You Like That debuted at #5 on the daily Spotify Global Top 50 chart, setting a record for girl groups in general, not just K-pop groups.
The title track continued to climb the charts and peaked at number 2, becoming the highest rated K-pop song in Spotify’s history.
Blackpink are said to have a luxury dorm in Seoul
With so many millions in their pockets, the girl group is said to have had a dorm at the Han River Bamseom Apartments, one of the most prestigious complexes in all of Seoul, according to Koreaboo.
2. BTS – $120-150 million
BTS is the hottest boy band in K-pop history
According to Sportskeeda, BTS is worth between $120 million and $150 million from album sales, touring, brand endorsements, and royalties.
The impact on the South Korean economy has been so massive that, according to Sportskeeda, BTS contributes an impressive $3.9 billion to the country’s economy, more than many multinational corporations.
BTS with Love Yourself World Tour
In 2019 alone, the boys earned US$170 million from their Love Yourself World Tour – more than any American band except Metallica made that year, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
The guys also collaborate with brands such as Baskin-Robbins, LeSportsac, Sketchers, Mattel, Casetify, Tamagotchi, VT Cosmetics and Jamie Wander.
BTS released their new album “Proof”
In 2022, following the release of their new album “Proof”, the group also launched a new game, BTS Island, which focuses on the boys’ search for fun and relaxation after their mysterious arrival on an empty island.
In the K-pop industry, groups live in dorms together, and BTS’s multi-million dollar fortune helped them rent one of the most expensive dorms in South Korea at the Hannam the Hill complex. The complex is known for being home to other celebrities such as Psy and actress Han Hyo Joo, as well as some wealthy businessmen, according to Allkpop.
But it’s also no secret to ARMY that the members have also purchased their own luxury apartments, which are valued at up to $7 million, according to Lifestyle Asia.
BTS collaborates with sportswear brand Puma
BTS is also known for their philanthropy and once donated $1 million to Live Nation’s “Crew Nation” fund to help those who work at concert events and are facing financial hardship during Covid-19, according to Celebrity Net Worth. According to CNBC, the boys donated another $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement.
1. EXO – 1 billion US dollars…?!
The pride and joy of SM Entertainment, nicknamed “Nation’s Pick”, has won K-pop dominance with the members’ outstanding vocals, brilliant choreography, and gorgeous visuals.
It’s surprising to many that EXO’s net worth is six times that of BTS – and the same as that of the biggest western celebrities like Kim K and Jay-Z. While it’s impossible to verify, the figure is widely reported in Korean media outlets such as KpopStarz, Kami, and Channel Korea – although the latter also claims that each member of the group has a net worth between US$7 million and US$10 million.
Other media outlets, including Sportskeeda and Otakukart, give more modest figures, ranging from US$100 million to US$130 million. And while EXO doesn’t enjoy the same international success as BTS, their longevity in South Korea is unmatched – EXO’s influence is so high that the group was ranked among the top 5 most powerful celebrities by Forbes “Korea Power Celebrity” from 2014 to 2018.
In addition, Popnable analyzed the group’s monthly earnings over the past seven years and found that the average revenue for the period 2016-2022 would be $2.5 million.
Their charting musical talent led to a collaboration with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, which resulted in the song Lightsaber and an MV featuring the guys carrying real lightsabers.
Released in 2021, “Don’t Fight the Feeling” topped the iTunes Top Albums charts in at least 85 countries, according to Soompi.
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