With a string of commercially successful K-drama series, lucrative brand endorsements, and savvy investments in his name, South Korean actor Hyun Bin boasts an impressive net worth.
Hyun Bin, one of Hallyu’s brightest stars, is also known as one of the highest-paid celebrities in the industry. Needless to say, he leads a lavish life, complete with elegant homes in upscale neighborhoods.
His role as a courageous North Korean soldier who helps a stranded South Korean heiress find her way home in the hit series “Crash Landing On You” catapulted Hyun Bin to global stardom.
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Soon after, a flurry of endorsement deals came knocking at his door, capitalizing on the commercial success of “Crash Landing On You” and his magnetic portrayal of the lead character.
Combine this with his overall reputation as a polished and reliable actor, and an impressive filmography spanning romantic comedies, action thrillers, fantasy, and critically acclaimed works, it’s no surprise that he’s one of the most famous names in the South Korean entertainment industry. Not to mention, he’s also one of the highest-paid actors.
Clearly, behind it all is hard work. In an interview with Korea Times, Hyun Bin shared that he had not taken a break for longer than a month in a long time. “I keep working because I read interesting scripts that I can’t pass up,” he said. He added, “I always feel pressured to do something new, and I never know when to be satisfied.”
This dedication, combined with his brand endorsements and investments, has turned his income into a staggering fortune. And when he married the highly renowned actress Son Ye Jin, their combined net worth skyrocketed, earning them the title of a power couple in the South Korean entertainment industry.
According to a 2023 article in the Economic Times, Hyun Bin’s net worth is “massive,” estimated at $21 million. Another report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) revealed that when combined with his wife Son Ye Jin’s assets worth $20 million, their wealth surged to $41 million.
The majority of Hyun Bin’s wealth comes from his acting career. He is known for his commercially successful films, with experts praising his script selection prowess. In an interview with Augustman Singapore, he emphasized the importance of the story and his ability to portray it better than other actors. According to SCMP, from his debut in 2003 to his first major role in “Secret Garden” in 2010, he earned $27,000. By 2018, when he starred in “Memories Of Alhambra,” this figure had tripled to $90,000. Currently, he is rumored to charge around $113,000 per episode.
Involvement in brand endorsements further bolstered Hyun Bin’s impressive wealth. It all started when he became the first Korean ambassador for the luxury watch brand Omega in 2020 and the fashion giant Loro Piana in 2021.
He’s also the first Asia-Pacific ambassador for Tom Ford. According to SCMP, in 2011-2012, he earned about $2.9 million from eight contracts. Other brands he’s associated with include Kia Motors, Samsung TV, Lexus, and more.
Furthermore, he and Son Ye Jin starred together in a high-profile advertising campaign in the Philippines shortly after publicly announcing their relationship.
Hyun Bin’s wealth extends to luxury real estate in star-studded neighborhoods. In December 2020, he moved into a penthouse in Achiul Village, an eco-friendly area in Geonggi province near Seoul, home to K-pop singer Jo Sung Mo and entertainment company CEO Park Jin Young. This upscale residence boasts rooftop gardens, open spaces, walk-in closets, and elegant design, costing him approximately $4.3 million.
Previously, he lived in a $2.25 million mansion in Mark Hills, Dongjak district, alongside neighbors like actor Lee Min Ho and BIGBANG’s Daesung.
He also acquired an entire building in the glamorous Cheongdam-dong neighborhood of Gangnam for $4 million, which has since appreciated to approximately $8.9 million. This building won the Excellence Award at the 35th Seoul Architecture Awards in 2017.
Born into a wealthy family with strong financial stability, Hyun Bin manages HB Family Holdings and invests in property developments around Seoul.
He was honored with a President of South Korea award at the 50th Savings Day event for saving $3.3 million. In his acceptance speech, he thanked his parents for instilling in him a strong sense of thrift and referred to them as his financial managers.
Additionally, Hyun Bin is passionate about charitable activities and animal welfare. He has contributed to various causes, including donating $181,000 to the Community Chest of Korea during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also supports organizations like Save the Children and international non-governmental relief organizations.
With his upscale and sophisticated image, coupled with a happy family life with Son Ye Jin and their son, Hyun Bin continues to gain fame and wealth, finding success in both his career and love life.