Celebrities’ Wise Investment: BTS, Hyun Bin, Lee Min Ho, Park Seo Joon, and More

korean celebrities who own rich properties
korean celebrities who own rich properties
Credit: KBS

The recent episode of KBS’s Entertainment Weekly introduced celebrities’ wise investments, from startup investments to stock options and stocks.

First, Lee Je Hoon is a famous angel investor of Company M, a unicorn company in Korea with a corporate value of 1 trillion won (about $750 million). The actor invested millions of dollars in the company in 2015. AFterward, Company M drew keen attention as a hot startup, recording sales more than 50 times in 4 years. Company M, which is about to go public soon, is worth up to 4 trillion won (about $3 billion). Experts speculated that Lee Je Hoon would’ve also raked in quite a profit.

After the drama Dream High, Bae Yong Jun halted his activities and has been investing in various startups. Among them is Company B that makes action figures, and the actor owns up to 10% of the shares. The estimated value of this company before its lighting on the KOSDAQ last year was about 200 billion won (about $150 million). If Bae Yong Jun later sells his shares, he’ll earn about 20 billion won (about $15 million) in profit.

There are also stars who invest in stocks based on the value of the company. Stars who became a hot topic by investing large amounts of money in a comprehensive content company, Company K, include Lee Byung Hun, Hyun Bin, Lee Min Ho, and Park Seo Joon. According to the report at the time, Lee Byung Hun invested about 5 billion won (about $3.8 million), Hyun Bin about 2.9 billion won (about $2.1 million), Lee Min Ho about 2 billion won (about $1.5 million), and Park Seo Joon about 1.4 billion won (about $1 million). Additionally, Han Ji Min, Kim Go Eun, Han Hyo Joo, and Gong Hyo Jin also took part in the recapitalizing of Company K.

Company K issued another capital increase in August last year by securing an additional 100% stake in Yoo Jae Suk’s agency, which led to Yoo Jae Suk and You Hee Yeol‘s investment in the company. You Hee Yeol has invested about 7 billion won (about $5.3 million), while the amount Yoo Jae Suk invested was not disclosed.

korean celebrities who own rich properties
Credit: KBS

Kangta and BoA, two of the original members of SM Entertainment, were appointed as unregistered directors in 2014 and are receiving stock options periodically. As a result, Kangta gained a margin of 300 million won (about $226,000) and 400 million won (about $300,000) for BoA.

Lastly, in the case of BTS, the members sold Big Hit stock and bagged about 10 billion won (about $7.5 million). Prior to the company’s listing, they received a total of 470,695 shares equally from Bang Si Hyuk. RM, Jin, and J-Hope sold their shares, profiting 3.2 billion won (about $2.4 million), 4.8 billion won (about $3.6 million), and 1.8 billion won (about $1.4 million) each.

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