Jennie (Blackpink) smiling

9 K-pop idols who were born in rich families

K-pop idols who make it, make it big. But some of them, had a silver spoon since they were kids. From CEO parents to family business empires, their childhood was 'easy', but had to fight their way to the top of the music industry. Watch the pictures, below! .

  • A 'chaebol' is Korean term for a large industrial conglomerate run and controlled by one person or a family.
  • According to Korea's Fair Trade Commission, there are currently 45 conglomerates that fit the definition of a 'chaebol'.
  • The mother of 2PM’s Nichkhun is the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, while the father of Gfriend’s Umji is the director of a dental clinic chain.

Chaebol heirs

Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, and the like pull up to Chijmes for an asian wedding. Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

If you're an avid watcher of K-dramas, you have likely heard of 'chaebols' or 'chaebol heirs'. The terms refer to people born into wealthy families. Here is a list of rich K-pop idols who can easily be called 'chaebols'.

Siwon (Super Junior)

Siwon at Boucheron's party in Taipei

Siwon is one of the most handsomes idols in South Korea. He is one of the richest idols as well. The fifth richest to be exact, with an estimated net worth of $50 million. His father is the former CEO of Boryung Pharmaceutical, and his mother is the owner of a successful lingerie brand. He also owns expensive property in Seoul, South Korea.

Jennie (Blackpink)

Jennie at Boon The Shop event

Jennie has a net worth of $10 million, product of her performances and brand deals with Blackpink. Good for her, because she can continue spending her money like she is used to!  It is rumored that her mother is a director and a major shareholder of the famous entertainment group CJ E&M!

Tzuyu (Twice)

Tzuyu in 'TWICELAND' audience greetings


She has a net worth of 'only' $3 million as of 2021. She doesn't need more. Her mother is a successful businesswoman who owns several  cosmetic clinics and hospitals in China and Taiwan. She continues to grow her empire across borders. Tzuyu is truly a princess!

Jeongyeon (Twice)

Jeongyeon in Twice's 'Fancy' teaser


Jeongyeon is the wealthiest member of Twice. Despite having 'only' a net worth of $2 million, she is heir to her family business. Her father is a cook and restaurateur who specializes in intricate Korean cuisine and has several restaurants around the world. 

Nickhun (2PM)

Nickhun at 'Brother of the year' meet and greet


Nickhun attended the Whanganui Collegiate School, one of New Zealand's most prestigious schools. His dad is CEO of one of Thailand's most lucrative pharmaceutical companies.

Sooyoung (Girls Generation)

Sooyoung in the 'Single Magazine' photoshoot


Sooyoung has an incredible net worth of  $8 million as of 2021. Her grandfather is the CEO of a South Korean architecture firm that helped to build the Seoul Arts Center. 

Chenle (NCT) 

Chenle in Korea Dispatch's photoshoot

Chenle from NCT comes also from a rich family. His grandfather is a part of one of the top 10 most successful conglomerates in China.

Pre-debut pictures of Chenle

If you take a look at his pre-debut pictures on social media, you will understand that he had a nice childhood.

Kyuhyun (Super Junior)

Teaser photo for Kyuhyun's 'Coffe' music video


The adorable Kyuhyun's father used to be the head of an academic institution in South Korea for over twenty years. He also owns several academic institutes in Seoul, South Korea and Taiwan. 

Mark (GOT7)

Mark in '7 Edition' photoshoot

Mark from GOT7has a successful business owner dad, and his family has properties in Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles.

Check out how another K-Pop idol from Blackpink, Lisa Manoban (who also comes from a wealthy family with a celebrity chef father) spends her money!

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