Forbes has finally announced the annual list of its top 40 power celebrities in Korea for 2019.

Forbes ranked the celebrities based on four different aspects: media exposure, activities on broadcast, earnings, and social media. They ranked male and female idol groups as well as actors, comedians, and others.





Up until 2019, Forbes Korea used three aspects to rank celebrities: media, earnings, and broadcasts, this is the first year they add ‘social media’ category.

The social media category was based on statistics from celebrities’ official accounts across all known social media platforms: V Live, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

It’s important to note that any celebrities who are currently involved in controversy have been excluded.

Here is the full list in order:





1. BLACKPINK
2. BTS
3. Wanna One
4. Kang Daniel
5. Red Velvet
6. Park Na Rae
7. Hong Jin Young
8. Han Ji Min
9. Son Heung Min
10. EXO
11. Ryu Jun Yeol
12. Yoo Jae Suk
13. Bae Jung Nam
14. IU
15. Yoo Byung Jae
16. AOA’s Seolhyun
17. Jun Hyun Moo
18. Park Bo Gum
19. Lee Byung Hun
20. Jung Hae In
21. TWICE
22. Yoo Yeon Seok
23. Kim Tae Ri
24. Sunmi
25. Lee Seung Gi
26. MAMAMOO’s Hwasa
27. Girls’ Generation
28. MAMAMOO
29. Jo Bo Ah
30. Park Seo Joon
31. Son Ye Jin
32. Apink’s Son Naeun
33. Lee Young Ja
34. Han Hye Jin
35. Park Joon Hyung
36. Baek Jong Won
37. GOT7
38. Ha Jung Woo
39. Ryu Hyun Jin
40. Joo Ji Hoon

Source: (A)