So we all know that celebrities make a lot of money. Fame and fortune is what comes with being a successful entertainer, and in Korea, the top earners have already made so much money in 2017 that they don't even have to work anymore if they don't want to . . . and that 's for the rest of their lives!

Before we continue, let me point out that the astronomical figures you're about to read regarding how much money the top Korean celebrities have earned so far in 2017 is not their total income for the last three months. What's listed is only how much has been made in CFs, otherwise knows as television commercials or advertisements in general. So remember, these stars make a lot more than what's just been released, which is absolutely mind-blowing.

Coming in at 4th place are a number of celebrities, all making more than 900 million won (804,117 US dollars) since January, are G-Dragon, Suzy, and Park Bo Gum. If they keep that pace up for the entire calendar year, they can all expect to make over 3 million dollars in advertisements alone. Crazy! 

In 3rd are Lee Kwang SooBIG BANGEXO, and SHINee, all of whom have earned 1 billion won (893,000 US dollars) so far in 2017. But with the musical groups, the earnings are of course shared. Still not too shabby.

And in the runner-up spots are Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho, who both have already made 1.5 billion won (1.34 million US dollars) this year. WOW. 

And in 1st place with an astounding 2 billion won (1.78 million US dollars) in earnings in the first quarter of 2017 are . . . you guessed it, the stars of Descendants of the Sun stars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo. The two of them can possibly make 8 million dollars this year on advertisements alone! That is crazy! No wonder Korean celebrities endorse so many products!

To put things in perspective, most of the names on this list of money-makers will be stars for quite a few years. Granted, some of them may be peaking now in terms of their earning power, while others may even make more. The point is, they will all be making a significant amount of money before it's all said and done. So yes, with fame comes fortune — especially in Korea.


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