Buildings, cafes and resorts owned by Korea’s youngest and richest celebrities
The road to becoming a successful K-pop star requires years of unpaid training starting from an early age.
But those big-hitting K-pop singers who have persevered and emerged out the other end of the high-risk, high-yield system often amass a fortune equally early in life, raking in considerable sums of money in their tender twenties. The Korea Herald has compiled a list of ways Korea’s youngest and hottest celebrities manage their wealth, from investing in real estate to opening chic cafes and even luxury resorts.
The perfect host
K-pop trio JYJ’s Kim Junsu opened the Jeju Toscana Hotel, a luxurious resort in Jejudo Island’s Seogwipo, in September 2014.
The seasoned 28-year-old singer invested 28.5 billion won ($24.4 million) into the sprawling 20,000-square-meter retreat, which houses 56 guest rooms, four villa houses, a cafeteria, spa, outdoor pool, concert hall and jewelry shop on its premises. The picturesque hotel was also the site for the 2015 KBS drama series “Warm and Cozy,” starring Yoo Yeon-seok and Kang So-ra.
Kim is reported to have made a pretty fortune since his 2003 debut with TVXQ and 2010 regrouping with JYJ, gaining massive popularity in China and Southeast Asia and selling out in theaters with his musical performances in Korea.
Address: 158-7 Yongheung-ro 66beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea