Let’s take a look at some of South Korea’s top female stars who have married into the wealthiest families the nation has seen.
5. Lee Si Young
First up, we have actress Lee Si Young kicking off this list. The actress married Cho Seung Hyun, a restaurant businessman back in 2017. It’s been reported that her husband started his restaurant business while he was in his 20’s and has seen incredible franchise success throughout his career.
He now serves as the CEO of his company and has an approximate net worth of ₩2.50 billion KRW (about $2.13 million USD). This number is not including his real estate, which is reported to be worth an additional ₩4.75 billion KRW (about $4.06 million USD).
4. Han Chae Young
Next up, we have actress, Han Chae Young. She stunned the Korean entertainment industry when she announced her marriage back in 2007 to a non-celebrity. Upon further investigation, netizens found out that the actress was marrying into a very wealthy finance family.
While it is difficult to figure out exactly how much they are worth, her husband’s family is so well-known, that they have been given the nickname “the royal family of the financial world.” In addition to that, it’s been further reported that Han Chae Young’s husband dropped a whopping ₩7.00 billion KRW (about $5.98 million USD) on her proposal, which included a lavish diamond ring, an expensive sports car, and a luxurious newlywed villa.
3. Jun Ji Hyun
Actress Jun Ji Hyun also finds herself on this list, coming in hot at number 3. While the actress alone boasts an incredible wealth thanks to her long acting career, as well as her successful real estate endeavors, it’s been reported that her husband’s wealth is legendary.
He was previously the director of a famous American bank, but eventually took over his father’s business in asset management, where his father was the former Vice President. Jun Ji Hyun’s husband became the CEO and went on to own over 70% of the company’s shares, which are worth approximately ₩586 billion KRW (about $500 million USD).
2. Lee Hye Young
Coming in second, we have actress and singer Lee Hye Young. Lee Hye Young also has an incredible wealth of her own, which can be credited to her long career in the entertainment industry as an actress, a singer, a stylist, and a fashion brand owner. However, her wealth was increased exponentially when she married Boo Jae Hoon.
Her husband is a partner, as well as one of the co-founders of the private equity company MBK Partners. And while his exact net worth has not been revealed, it’s been reported that his company handles capital that is worth approximately ₩27.0 trillion KRW (about $23.0 billion USD). It was also reported that in 2017, he sold a popular theme park in Japan and took a commission of about ₩1.00 trillion KRW (about $850 million USD).
1. Park Ji Yoon
Last, but most certainly not least is singer Park Ji Yoon. The singer hasn’t been active within the entertainment industry for some time now, but she recently shocked the nation with her marriage news. Park Ji Yoon wed Cho So Young back in 2019 in a private ceremony, but that wasn’t the reason behind the surprise.
Her husband had previously worked as the Vice President of design at KakaoTalk, but was quickly promoted to CEO just a few years later. According to news reports, Park Ji Yoon’s husband’s salary for just one year is reported to be approximately ₩750 billion KRW (about $638 million USD). And that is without his reported bonus of ₩2.72 billion KRW (about $2.32 million USD).