From BTS to Ma Dong Seok, Who Is the Highest Earning Korean Celebrity in the First Half of 2022?

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The latest episode of Mnet’s TMI NEWS SHOW revealed the top 10 stars who earned the most in the first half of 2022.

Stray Kids came in at No. 10 on the list. The group earned $295,767 from holding fan meets last February. They made about $12.8 million from album sales and about $10 million from concert ticket sales. They are estimated to bring in total revenue of $23.4 million in the first half of 2022.

SEVENTEEN ranked No.9, making about $887,915 and $4.5 million from fan meets and concert ticket sales, respectively. Their fourth album made them earn $38 million, leading to total revenue of $48 million. Each member took home $3.7 million.

TWICE took the eighth spot, pulling in around $38.4 million from their ads and concert ticket sales in Japan and the United States. Roughly $4.2 million went to each member.

NCT Dream landed at No.7 as they collected $38.3 million from two albums released this year, with each member making approximately $5.5 million.

Yoo Jae Suk landed at No. 6 as he got paid $15,000 per episode on his variety shows. He is currently emceeing five shows and has made about $1.6 million so far. Plus, he endorsed nine different companies this year so far and raked in nearly $6 million.

Lee Byung Hun came in at No.5, earning $614,935 per endorsement. He partnered with six brands in the first half of this year, pulling in $3.7 million. The actor earned $2.3 million from tvN’s 20-part Our Blues, as he got paid $115,280 per episode. He generated a total income of about $6 million over the past six months.

The fourth top earner was Ma Dong Seok, who collected $92.8 million from The Roundup at the end of June. The movie turned an exorbitant profit with a huge production budget and made him bag $9.2 million. Third place went to Jun Ji Hyun, as she made $10 million ($768,432 per ad) from her endorsement deals in the first half of this year.

The second-highest earner so far was BTS. The group brought in about $40.8 million from their first week’s sales of Proof and $31 million from endorsement deals. They made nearly $189 million from their U.S. and Seoul concerts, and the seven members took home $26.9 each.

The highest earning star turned out to be Lim Young Woong, as he collected around $7.1 million from his world tour concerts and $1.5 million from his endorsement deals. He earned about $20.1 million from the first week’s sales of his first fourth-full-length album “IM HERO,” earning nearly $28.9 million this year.

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