Forbes Korea revealed the top 40 most powerful celebrities of South Korea. 

The 2022 Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 40 List has been revealed. 

Recently, Forbes Korea announced their list of the most powerful Korean celebrities of 2022. It is a catalog of the top 40 most powerful celebrities in South Korea where personalities from sports, music, arts, film, and television, are ranked according to their professional achievements, media exposure, social media popularity, TV appearances, and earnings from the past year.

Forbes’ 40 picks for Korea’s most powerful public figures of 2022.

The list, including rankings, is as follows: 

  1. BTS (Idol)
  2. BLACKPINK (Idol)
  3. Son Heung Min (Athlete) 
  4. Ryu Hyun Jin (Athlete)
  5. Lee Chan Won (Singer)
  6. Lee Seunggi (Singer, Actor, TV host)
  7. Lim Young Woong (Singer)
  8. Youn Yuh Jung (Actress)
  9. Yoo Jae Suk (Comedian, TV host)
  10. Jang Min Ho (Singer) 
  11. IU (Idol, Actress)
  12. Park Seo Joon (Actor)
  13. Jang Yoon Jung (Singer)
  14. Ahn Jung Hwan (Broadcaster) 
  15. Kim Yeon Kyung (Athlete)
  16. Jeong Dong Won (Singer) 
  17. TWICE (Idol)
  18. Lee Jung Jae (Actor)
  19. Lee Ji Ah (Actress)
  20. Lee Min Ho (Actor)
  21. Kim Soo Hyun (Actor)
  22. Suzy (Idol, Actress) 
  23. Kim So Yeon (Actress)
  24. Park Eun Seok (Actor)
  25. Young Tak (Singer)
  26. Kang Daniel (Idol) 
  27. Jeon Mi Do (Actress)
  28. Han So Hee (Actress)
  29. Song Hye Kyo (Actress)
  30. Son Ye Jin (Actress) 
  31. Song Ga In (Singer)
  32. Rain (Singer, Actor)
  33. Park Shin Hye (Actress)
  34. Lee Seung Yoon (Singer)
  35. Lee Moo Jin (Singer)
  36. Irene Kim (Model)
  37. Ahn Hyo Seop (Actor)
  38. Kim Hye Soo (Actress)
  39. Kim Hee Jae (Singer)
  40. Park Bo Gum (Actor)
Forbes Korea 2022
Charts of the most powerful Korean celebrities in percentage. Source: Forbes Korea

It can be noticed that BTS takes up the largest proportion, with high media exposure, social media popularity, and earnings. The world-famous group has remained in the first position since 2020, so this result does not come as any surprise. 

Meanwhile, BLACKPINK maintained their second position. In March, their hit “How You Like That” crossed 600 million streams on Spotify, 1 year and 9 months after its release in June 2020, marking the group’s intense popularity. Two of their other titles, “DDU-DU DDU-DU” and “Kill This Love” are also doing well across the globe. 

Forbes Korea 2022

Other than BTS and BLACKPINK, most other faces on the list achieve their positions via media exposure and professional achievements. 

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