The biggest money makers in each idol group have become a hot issue.
Jewelry‘s Yewon revealed that she makes the most money in the group. She said, “I make the most money recently. But even then, I don’t make that much.”
SECRET revealed that Sunhwa makes the most money, followed by Jieun. The group used to split their profits equally no matter the solo activities but they’ve started to take their own solo activity profit 2 years after their debut. Jieun receives a little extra from album sales compared to the other members because she also participates in the background chorus.
UEE also revealed that she is the biggest money maker in After School, saying, “We’re getting some reactions from our Japanese promotions. I’m 1st by quite a bit.” UEE had been active in many activities, including dramas such as ‘You’re Beautiful‘, ‘Queen Seonduk‘, ‘Ojakgyo Brothers‘, ‘Birdie Buddy‘ and is currently working on ‘Jeon Woo Chi‘. She had revealed that at one point she made 10 times more than the poorest member in After School.
Super Junior also chose Siwon as the richest member. Kyuhyun said, “He’s #1 in his household, income, face and height.” Leeteuk also revealed, “Last year, I realized I was doing 8 programs. I hoped that I could be first, but I wasn’t. Siwon was first.” Eunhyuk added, “No matter how much we make, it’s less than what Siwon originally had.”
Girls’ Generation‘s biggest money maker is YoonA. Tiffany revealed, “Honestly, YoonA is #1. Right now, YoonA makes the most, but we’re doing ‘TaeTiSeo‘ promotions, so I’m looking forward to my income increasing.”
SISTAR revealed that Hyorin made the most money. Their music and variety profits were split equally amongst all members, but drama profits were given only to the featured members.
L is #1 for income in INFINITE. Woohyun said, ”L is famous for being the member that buys the staff the most with his #1 income.” However, L said humbly, “I believe that you should give as much as you make for it to come back. However, even though I’m 1st, the difference is only about 10,000 KRW (approximately $9 USD).”
Thats how it is. Most of the time the visual makes the most.
And thats becuase many companies want their face for their products and CF’s and they get casted in many dramas/sictoms also. Every group needs at least one visual to make the groups income more.
2PM – NichKhun
SNSD – Yoona
SUJU – Siwon
Infinite – L
2ne1 – Dara
JYJ – JaeJoong/Yoochun
SHINee – Minho
Miss A – Suzy
4minute – Hyuna
ss501 – Kim Hyun Joong
Wonder Girls – Sohee
Mblaq – Lee Joon
SECRET – Sunhwa
After School – UEE
Ft Island – HongKi
ZE:A – Siwan
CN Blue – YoungHwa
B2ST – Kikwang
T-ara – JiYeon
Kara – Hara