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8 Korean stars earning the most in 2021: Song Hye Kyo far surpasses Song Joong Ki, her ex-husband.


1. Jeon Ji Hyun

Jeon Ji Hyun is at the top of the list. Each advertising contract earns Jeon Ji Hyun approximately 1 billion won annually. Jeon Ji Hyun represents 16 brands this year. The total income for the actress is approximately 17 billion won.

2. Kim Soo Hyun.

The actor’s 2021 income will reach 13 billion won. This ranks him as No. 2.

3. Yoo Jae Suk

Yoo Jae Suk is a popular comedian and MC in Korea’s entertainment industry. He has a large following in many Asian countries. The audience is familiar with “National MC” from hit shows such as Infinity Challenge, Happy Together and Running Man. Yoo Jae Suk’s annual income is 10 billion won.

4. Song Joong Ki.

Song Joong Ki, who has an estimated income of 8 billion won, is fourth on the charts. The 35-year old star’s career has been thriving ever since Song Hye Kyo split. He continues to dominate the small screen with projects such as Arthdal Chronicles and Vincenzo, or the movie Space Sweepers.

5. Lee Seung Gi.

Lee Seung Gi was ranked 5th with 7.7 trillion won. Seung Gi was active in singing, acting, and gaming over the past year. Seung Gi was known to have been paid between 120 and 130 million won each episode for his role in Vagabond, an action drama.

6. Shin Dong Yup

6th place goes to actor, Shin Dong Yup who earned 5 billion won. The host of a series including Saturday Night Live Korea and Hello Counselor, Immortal Song 2 TV Animal Farm, etc., is a 50-year-old male artist.

7. Song Hye Kyo

Song Hye Kyo was shocked to rank 7th. She earned less than Song Joong Ki, who has 4 billion won. Descendants star Song Hye Kyo has an annual advertising income of 3.6billion won and is still highly sought-after by high-end brands.

8. Song Hae.

Song Hae, a 94-year old veteran MC, is the last on our list. The income of the TV star is 1.4 billion won.

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