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10 Popular Korean Celebrities and Their Popular Businesses

Updated on August 23, 2015

They say that success in the entertainment industry is fleeting – that even though many have enjoyed lengthy careers, the profession itself is designed to be under a time limit. Celebrities can’t rely on their careers forever, as their fame will eventually fade. Korean Celebrities know this, so many of them have used their earnings from the entertainment industry to start their own businesses. While majority of them don’t want to publicize their involvement with their businesses, here are 10 who have proudly revealed their own equally popular businesses:

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#1 - Jessica Jung

Business: Blanc & Eclare

Celebrity Background

The U.S.-born Jessica Jung is a former member of Girls’ Generation, serving as one of its most popular members as she seems to have an almost equal number of fans and detractors. She was first discovered by an S.M. Entertainment talent scout while shopping at a mall and invited to audition along with her younger sister Krystal (who is now part of the Korean girl group F(X.) Girls Generation officially debuted in 2007.

In 2014, Jessica and S.M. Entertainment on different occasions formally announced Jessica’s removal from the group in order to pursue a solo career. While the reasons for her leaving is a complex subject that is better discussed through another article, Jessica is still under S.M. Entertainment so we can assume that her relationship with her label isn’t bad.

Nature of the Business

Originally launched in August 2014 under the name Blanc, the now named Blanc & Eclare is a fashion line that specializes in modern-classic clothing and accessories inspired by Jessica’s own line. While Jessica is the owner, she also serves in a more hands-on capacity as the brand’s creative director.

Blanc & Eclare has a physical presence in various parts of Asia, with locations in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and of course, South Korea. They also have an online store at blancgroup.com

#2 - Seungri of Big Bang

Business: Joy Dance - Plug In Music Academy

Celebrity Background

Seungri is the youngest member of the boy band Big Bang, and is known for his dance skills. He first caught national attention when he joined the reality television series Let’s Cokeplay: Mnet Battle Shinhwa, which has Shinhwa attempting to create a new boy band out of the contestants. Seungri was eliminated because even though he was one of the best dancers, his vocal skills were found lacking.

Nature of the Business

Seungri has publicly stated that he wants a stable source of income outside of being an idol, so he started a business that makes full use of his talents as a dancer – he opened several dance schools in Korea under the name Joy Dance – Plug In Music Academy. The academies are also known as Seungri Academy, and provide training for both singing and dancing. His school has been attended by other famous Kpop idols, including 2NE1’s Minzy, KARA’s Goo Hara, EXID’s Hyerin, and others. The academy has branches in Gwangju, Daejun, Mokpo, and Seoul.

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Businesses: LeeSsang Company

Celebrity Background

LeeSsang is a hip-hop duo consisting of Kang Hee-Gun and Gil Seong-joon. The group has been around since 2002 and has produced 8 albums and numerous #1 hits. LeeSssang is revered by fans because they managed to reach mainstream success even though they did not go through the conventional training that other K-pop artists go through. Additionally, they exercise full creative control of their career by writing and producing the songs themselves, as well as directing their own music videos.

#3 – LeeSsang

Nature of the Business

The ambiguously named LeeSsang Company has an equally ambiguous description, as the duo only described the venture as a “business of various content with the goal of professional entertainment in mind.” However, the vague description is apt because it is an umbrella company that covers various aspects of the entertainment industry, from production, to marketing, merchandising, training, and even management of talents and artists.

#4 – Rain

Business: J. Tune Entertainment, Six to Five Fashion Brand, Real Estate

Celebrity Background

Rain is a singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor with a career t hat spans six Korean albums, one Japanese album, numerous tours around the world, and an acting career that landed him multitudes of roles in South Korea and a couple in Hollywood, such as Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin.

Nature of the Business

While he has no complaints against his former management, JYP Entertainment, Rain wanted to expand his horizons and exercise full control over his career so he parted ways (on good terms) with JYP Entertainment and formed his own company, J. Tune Entertainment. The company has since been merged with JYP Entertainment, after Rain sold his shares to JYP.

Besides the music label, Rain also started his clothing line, Six to Five (named after his birthday, 6/25.) Rain has an active role in Six to Five, serving as designer and model for the brand. Rain also has a real estate business.

#5 - Andy of Shinhwa

Business: Top Media management company and music label

Celebrity Background

Andy Lee Sun-ho is the youngest member of the six piece boy band Shinhwa. He is also known as the rapper of the group, and has also ventured into other entertainment medium such as TV and stage, and has also ventured into a solo singing career.

Nature of the Business

Andy founded a management company in 2007 as New Dream Entertainment, before changing its name to the more popular TOP Media. It is responsible for debuting the male poop duo Jumper, which managed to release two singles before disbanding. Afterwards, TOP Media launched Teen Top, which has since become one of the most marketable artists in its stable. Currently, TOP media is handling several groups units, a number of solo artists, and even actors.

#6 - Ok Taecyeon of 2PM

Business: Okcat

Celebrity Background

OK Taecyeon is arguably one of the most popular members of the boyband 2PM, where he serves as the main rapper. The boy band is known in South Korea for catering to a much more mature audience due to their more aggressive and sexual style, compared to other boybands that target the teenage market. OK Taecyeon also did a lot of work as an actor, particularly in the drama Cinderella’s Sister and the internationally acclaimed Dream High.

Nature of the Business

One of OK Taecyeon’s trademark quirks is to draw large headed, long bodied cats, which are frequently incorporated into his signatures and autographs. He and his fans dubbed the drawings as “OKCats,” in reference to his name. After various unofficial merchandise featuring the OKCat became popular, OK Taecyeon decided to partner with 2PM’s Japanese promotions in order to launch various official OKCats merchandise, including noodle bowls, bento box, coin purse, and the usual T-shirts and plush dolls. All were designed by Taecyeon himself or were created with his creative input.

#7 - Jay Park

Business: Management Company and music label

Celebrity Background

A member of the Seattle-based b-boy group Art of Movement, Jay Park is one of the few Korean artists who has gained fame even outside of his home country. He is known for being a singer, dancer, rapper, music producer, songwriter, choreographer, and actor, and for being the leader of the boy band 2PM.

Nature of the Business

Even when he’s still just an artist, Jay Park has already exhibited a knack for PR and entrepreneurship, which culminated in his founding of AOMG, an independent record label that specializes in Hip Hop. AOMG stands for Above Ordinary Music Group. He serves as founder and Co-CEO of the company, fellow rapper Simon D.

#8 - Ha Ji Won

Business: Queen's Beauty Pack Skin Products

Ha Ji-Won is a very popular South Korean actress who gained fame overseas for playing Hwang Jini in the same-titled historical drama, which was syndicated overseas and gained a lot of acclaim from critics and viewers alike. She gained further audience in another historical drama, Empress Ki, as the titular character. In her home country, she has started in several films and TV series, and has won various awards for both mediums.

Nature of the Business

During filming for Hwang Jini, Ha Ji Won’s busy schedule prevented her from visiting the dermatologist regularly, and her skin health suffered. Due to her needs, she and her friend June You Gyeong, who is an aromatherapist, collaborated on a line of all natural beauty products that will help women like Ji-Won deal maintain their skin health while avoiding any irritations due to skin sensitivity. The Queen’s Beauty brand of skin care products originally started out with a green clay that serves as a scrub and moisturizer, the brand soon branched out into a full line that includes balms and skin oil.

#9 - Seo Tai-ji

Business: Real Estate

Celebrity Background

Seo Tai-Ji is an iconic singer, musician, and songwriter who originally rose to fame during the 90s as part of the group Seo Taiji and the Boys, which is considered as one of the first modern highly successful boybands in the South Korean music industry. These days, Seo Taiji is still going strong with a successful solo career while also doing a lot of important background work with other artists as a songwriter and producer for other artists.

Nature of the Business

Tai-Ji bought a building in Nonhyeon-Dong in 2002, and made millions of dollars in profit. According to one real estate agent, Tai-Ji’s property is currently valued at close to 20 billion won (roughly $18,157,807 USD), and its value has recently increased due to a subway station on Line 9 that was opened nearby.

#10 - Jang Geun Suk

Business: Real Estate

Celebrity Background

Jang Geun Suk is a singer and actor who is best known for starring in the popular TV dramas Beethoven Virus, Mary Stayed Out All Night, You’re Beautiful, Love Rain, and Pretty Man. He is also one of the many Korean celebrities who crossed over and gained fame in Japan. He is currently considered as the “It” star in Japan. He’s also been dubbed as the “Prince of Asia” by some news outlets.

Nature of the Business

Jang Geun Suk owns a building that is worth $8.8 million USD, which used to belong to comedian Seo Sae Won. Jang purchased the two story building from Sae Won and his wife Seo Jung Hee.

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