Another 5 most powerful Korean celebrities of 2021

Kim Kwang-hyun

Another left-handed Major League Baseball star, Kim Kwang-hyun, has played for the St. Louis Cardinals and in the KBO League for the SK Wyverns. The starter-turned-reliever has become the club’s “dark horse”, saving his team from moving into a playoff position for two seasons, reports Yonhap News Agency. The 33-year-old player has an average salary of US$4 million, reports Spotrac.

Yoo Jae-suk

South Korea’s “national MC” is known for his quick wit and as the host of popular variety television shows, including Infinite Challenge, Running Man, Happy Together and Hangout With Yoo. He also famously appeared Psy’s Gangnam Style music video in an eye-catching yellow suit. year, the comedian took home the television category Daesang (grand prize) award at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards for the second time since 2013, reports Koreaboo.

The 49-year-old comedian is the highest-paid television personality in Korea and among the most sought-after stars for endorsement deals. He earns up to US$21,000 per episode and about US$4.7 million in advertisement revenue, according to Cosmopolitan.

Young Tak

Though he debuted in 2007, Young Tak got his big break after landing second place in popular show reality show Mr. Trot. The singer found fame later in life, at the of 37, after his single Jjiniya became a hit. He then appeared in reality TV show Romantic Call Centre and Mister Trot F4 Academy, which helped further raise his stardom.

Jung Dong-won

The 14-year-old “little prince of trot” was an audience favourite and landed an impressive fifth place in Mr. Trot last year. The singer is also a prolific actor, and has starred in multiple films and shows included Mr. Trot: The Movie (2020), TV dramas Goosebumps (2021) and Goo Pil Soo Is Not There (2022) and TV shows The Racket Boys (2021), Hidden Singer: Season 6 (2020), among others, before releasing his first album “Nostalgia, A Generous Giving Tree” last month.

Jang Yoon-jeong

The 41-year-old trot star rose to fame after her single Eomeona! was released in 2004 following her 1999 debut. The song is largely credited in helping re-popularise trot music in South Korea. Jang is also the third most popular singer in the country, according to Ranker, and also one of the highest-paid. She has estimated fortune of about US$1 million, reports What’s The Net Worth.

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