Korean entertainment’s Top 100

Want to know who the movers and shakers in the Korean entertainment industry are?

Premiere Korea listed down the Top 100 gliterrati in Korean showbiz and K-popped! highlights the stars that are familiar to us.

#1 – #20

Making everyone else eat his dust is the feminine-looking Bae Yong-joon, who has legions of ajumma fans in Japan. Go, go ajumma power!

Top Korean star Bae Yong-joon

SM Entertainment CEO Lee Soo-man, the man behind BoA and TVXQ, comes in at No. 4.

Lee Soo-man

Meanwhile, Park Jin-young – the singer/producer/songwriter who helped mold and shape Rain – slides in at No. 7.

Park Jin-young

Love your KBS World channel? Then you have man at No. 17 Jung Yun-joo to thank as he’s the president of the Korean Broadcasting System.

The Energizer Bunny a.k.a Jeong Ji-hoon…OK, Rain is hot on the heels of Mr. Jung of KBS. The Speed Racer actor zooms in at No. 18.

Jeong Ji-hoon

Laughing his way to No. 19 is MC and comedian Yoo Jae-suk, who lent his voice talent to the Korean version of Bee Movie.

Yoo Jae-seok

#21 – #40

Park Chan-wook the man who gave the masses Old Boy blazes a path to No. 27.

The man who gave you Se7en and Big Bang sits at No. 35. Yang Hyun-suk, who was formerly with rock band Seo Taiji and Boys, is currently running the successful YG Entertainment.

Yang Hyun-suk

Multiple award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon is at No. 39. While her Secret Sunshine co-star Song Kang-ho trails behind at No. 40.

Jeon Do-yeon

#41 – #60

There may be many haters out there, but Coffee Prince darling Yoon Eun-hye
is having the last laugh by coming in at No 44.

Yoon Eun-hye

The gamble on his career must have paid off for Cho Seung-woo, who is at No. 46. The Tazza: The High Rollers actor also does musicals.

Cho Seung-woo

Laughter is the way to go for both Kang Ho-dong and Park Jun-hyung who are at No. 49 and No. 51 respectively.

Kim Yun-jin isn’t Lost as the Korean actress has found her way to No. 59 of the Top 100 list.

Kim Yun-jin

#61 – #80

I don’t quite get the appeal of this actor, but Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun, who will be making his Hollywood debut in Laundry Warrior, is at No. 65.

Jang Dong-gun

Every hot-blooded guy loves sexy singer Lee Hyori, who is your Dark Angel at No. 72.

Lee Hyori

CF Queen Jeon Ji-hyeon, who makes her Hollywood debut in Blood: The Last Vampire sinks her fangs into No. 77.

#81 – #100

Young and successful, BoA slithers in at No. 84 while D-War director Shim Hyung-rae lands at No. 91.


TVXQ, or the Rising Gods of the East, reigns at No. 92 and causing a whole lot of ruckus at No. 95 is popular boyband, Big Bang…and that’s no Lie ;-).

Big Bang

Rounding up the Top 100 is the musician with the very expensive 15th anniversary album (97,000 won = RM355), Seo Taiji.

Seo Taiji

Source: K-popped! reader Darcy Kim & Premiere w
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13 thoughts on “Korean entertainment’s Top 100

  • April 28, 2008 at 10:17 am

    @anonymous, thanks for the full listing. Why didn’t you leave your name or something for us to recognise you by?

    I got mixed up with SM Entertainment & YG Entertainment’s CEO. When i first saw SM’s pic, i thought…why does he look so old? Then later i found out i was thinking of YG when i looked at SM’s pic.

    SM = TVXQ ?
    YG = Se7en and Big Bang

  • April 28, 2008 at 5:55 am

    not enough women near the top of the list

    i wish dbsk was higher

  • April 28, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Not an ahjumma (yet) but I love BYJ and he totally deserves to be no. 1. Yay BYJ!

  • April 28, 2008 at 1:58 am

    1.bae yong jun – actor

    2.kim jong hak – drama pd, kimjonghak productions president

    3. kim kwang soo – mnet media and gm ceo

    4. lee soo man – sm ceo

    5. cha seung jae – sidus co-ceo

    6. lee mi kyung – cj vice president

    7. park jin young – jyp ceo, musician

    8. kim shin bae – skt president

    9. nam jong soo – sk president

    10. lee hae jin – naver & nhn cso founder

    11. lee hwa kyung – orion president

    12. kim joo sung – cj entertainment ceo

    13. kim woo taek – showbox president

    14. jung hun tak – iHQ ceo, korean entertainment managers union president

    15. kang woo suk – film director, K&J ceo

    16. shin dong yup – DY entertainment ceo, comedian

    17. jung yun joo – KBS president

    18. rain – musician, actor

    19. yoo jae suk – MC, comedian

    20. um ki yong – MBC president

    21. hong suk hyun – jungangilbo (newspaper) president

    22. yun sae yong – SBS president

    23. ahn pan suk – dramahouse ceo, drama pd, film director

    24. koo bon geun – sbs drama bureu director

    25. shin hyun taek – samhwa networks president, korean drama producers union president

    26. kim soo hyun – drama script writer

    27. park chan wook – film directpr, mohofilm ceo

    28. kang suk hee – cj media president

    29. kim min sook – bareunson entertainment ceo

    30. seol do yun – seol & company md

    31. song chang ui – tvN president

    32. kim kwang seob – lotte entertainment md

    33. lee jae woong – daum founder

    34. jung tae won – taewon entertainment md

    35. yang hyun suk – yg entertainment md

    36. kim ki bum – chorokbem media md

    37. kim sung soo – onmedia md

    38. lee byung hoon – drama pd

    39. jeon do yeon – actress

    40. song kang ho – actor

    41. kim jong shin – yedang entertainment md

    42. kim dong ho – PIFF committee chairman

    43. park yong suk – pan entertainment md

    44. Yoon Eun Hye – Actress

    45. ko hyun jung – actress

    46. jo seung woo – actor, musical actor

    47. jung chan woo, kim tae kyoon – cultoo md’s, comedian

    48. yoo in chon – culture, sports tourism bureu minister

    49. kang ho dong – mc, comedian

    50. park myung sung – shinshi musical company md

    51. park jun hyung – comedian

    52. kim ui jun – lg art centre theatre manager

    53. choi si jong – broadcast communication commission committee chairman

    54. park moo seung – km culture md

    55. park seung dae – smile mania md, comedian

    56. ahn hae ik – jaeil advertisements planning director

    57. lee ji na – musical director

    58. lee jun ik – film director

    59. kim yoon jin – actress

    60. lee joo hwan – mbc drama bureu director

    61. shim jae myung – MK pictures director

    62. jung ku ho – kuho creative director, fashion designer

    63. kang je kyu – film director

    64. kim byung wook – sitcom pd

    65. jang dong gun – actor

    66. song seung hwan – pmc md

    67. lee yoon taek – producer, poet, theatre art director

    68. ju chul hwan – obs president

    69. ko dae hwan – olive9 rep

    70. yoon shin ae – sakwanamu pictures rep

    71. jo sung woo – m&fc rep, film music director

    72. lee hyori – singer, cf model, actress

    73. yoo yong jin – composer, album producer

    74. choi yong bae – chungaram rep

    75. jo jae hyun – actor

    76. lee yoo jin – jib (film production company) rep

    77. jeon ji hyun – actress

    78. son suk hee – announcer, sungshin womens university professor

    79. kim jong do – namu-actors rep

    80. oh min ho – yellow entertainment rep

    81. jung won kwan – bugsmusic rep, singer

    82. yoon ho jin – acom international rep, korean musical producers committee president

    83. lee jang soo – logosfil, rep

    84. boa – musician

    85. jo sung kyu – sponge rep

    86. chun ho kyoon – ssamzie rep

    87. na hoon ah – singer

    88. lee won jin – google korea, youtube korea rep

    89. ha jung woo – actor

    90. park keun tae – composer, album producer

    91. shim hyung rae – film director, yongoo art movie rep, comedian

    92. dongbangshinki – idol singer

    93. choi wan kyu – drama scripter writer

    94. jung yoon ki – in-trend fashion promoter, stylist

    95. bigbang – idol singer

    96. kim ji hoon – imm investment rep

    97. kang poom – cartoonist

    98. Heo young man- cartoonist

    99. kim yong ha – author

    100. seo taiji – musician

    translated by: smr05

  • April 28, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Jang Dong Gun is a brilliant, fantastic, unique Korean actor. And his personality is wonderful. He is a gentle and kind person, no scandals or bad behavior. No arrogant or vain attitude. This is his appeal.

    Bae Yong Joon is extremely annoying.

  • April 28, 2008 at 1:26 am

    “I actually have a question: where could I find out more about Bae Yong-Joon’s fan crowd of Japanese ajummas?”

    Try the fan sites for BYJ. Just Google him. There’s one on Soompi and http://www.happiebb.blogspot.com has a lot of info.

  • April 28, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Kim Yun Jin from Lost should be higher on the list along with sexy pop icon Hyori!

  • April 28, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Nice Blog! We’re fans of Park Chan Wook and loved all of his films to date. Your review of Oldboy’s real nice. Also, we’re film buffs too! Feel free to swing by for a quick movie reviews. We review Korean films too 🙂

  • April 27, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    hello! this is the first time I write in this blog, even though I have been reading it for a while. thanks for all the news and info, it’s fun reading you ^__^

    I actually have a question: where could I find out more about Bae Yong-Joon’s fan crowd of Japanese ajummas?

    it might sound lame, but it is for a school project XDDD


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