The 17 Most Powerful, Influential Korean Actors According To Forbes

Since 2009, Forbes Korea has been conducting annual surveys on personalities from film, television, music, arts, and sports with the most media influence and highest earnings. The data is analyzed in areas including professional achievements, media exposure, social media popularity, TV appearances as well as annual income combined.

Some of these stars have entered Forbes Korea Power Celebrity Top 40 several times, including these 17 Korean actors:


1. Lee Seung-gi: Singer, Actor, Host, Entertainer

  • 7th place in 2010
  • 4th place in 2011
  • 6th place in 2012
  • 11th place in 2013
  • 14th place in 2014
  • 6th place in 2015
  • 33rd place in 2018
  • 25th place in 2019
  • 21st place in 2020
  • 30th place in 2021
  • 6th place in 2022

2. IU: Singer, Actress

  • 3rd place in 2012
  • 8th place in 2013
  • 10th place in 2014
  • 14th place in 2015
  • 9th place in 2016
  • 5th place in 2018
  • 14th place in 2019
  • 19th place in 2020
  • 12th place in 2021
  • 11th place in 2022

3. Lee Minho: Actor, Model

  • 18th place in 2010
  • 35th place in 2011
  • 40th place in 2012
  • 21st place in 2014
  • 31st place in 2016
  • 22nd place in 2017
  • 16th place in 2021
  • 20th place in 2022

4. Kim Soo-hyun: Actor

  • 39th place in 2012
  • 4th place in 2013
  • 17th place in 2014
  • 2nd place in 2015
  • 5th place in 2016
  • 20th place in 2021
  • 21st place in 2022

5. Bae Suzy: Actress, Singer, Model

  • 3rd place in 2014
  • 34th place in 2015
  • 39th place in 2016
  • 6th place in 2017
  • 12th place in 2018
  • 23rd place in 2021
  • 22nd place in 2022

6. Kim Tae-hee: Actress

  • 10th place in 2009
  • 23rd place in 2010
  • 37th place in 2011
  • 8th place in 2012
  • 24th place in 2013
  • 23rd place in 2014

7. Song Joong-ki: Actor

  • 27th place in 2012
  • 7th place in 2013
  • 27th place in 2014
  • 2nd place in 2017
  • 7th place in 2018

8. Park Bo-gum: Actor, Singer

  • 1st place in 2017
  • 8th place in 2018
  • 18th place in 2019
  • 37th place in 2020
  • 40th place in 2022

9. Han Hyo-joo: Actress, Model, Singer

  • 36th place in 2011
  • 30th place in 2012
  • 31st place in 2013
  • 35th place in 2014
  • 37th place in 2017

10. Hyun Bin: Actor

  • 32nd place in 2011
  • 19th place in 2015
  • 29th place in 2020
  • 21st place in 2021

11. Son Ye-jin: Actress

  • 31st place in 2019
  • 24th place in 2020
  • 27th place in 2021
  • 30th place in 2022

12. Jun Ji-hyun: Actress, Model

  • 34th place in 2014
  • 4th place in 2015
  • 8th place in 2016
  • 23rd place in 2017

13. Song Hye-kyo: Actress

  • 30th place in 2015
  • 7th place in 2017
  • 6th place in 2018
  • 29th place in 2022

14. Park Shin-hye: Actress

  • 33rd place in 2015
  • 12th place in 2017
  • 40th place in 2021
  • 33rd place in 2022

15. Park Seo-joon: Actor

  • 22nd place in 2018
  • 30th place in 2019
  • 14th place in 2021
  • 12th place in 2022

16. Lee Byung-hun: Actor

  • 4th place in 2010
  • 16th place in 2014
  • 40th place in 2016
  • 19th place in 2019

17. Kim Hye-soo: Actress

  • 19th place in 2011
  • 40th place in 2017
  • 34th place in 2020
  • 38th place in 2022

Other Korean actors who made it to the annual Top 40 list:

Shin Mina: 28th place in 2010, 15th place in 2011, 31st place in 2012

Ha Ji-won: 13th place in 2010, 34th place in 2012, 40th place in 2013

Ju Ji-hoon: 40th place in 2019, 31st place in 2020, 25th place in 2021

Gong Yoo: 27th place in 2017, 24th place in 2018

Lee Jung-jae: 24th place in 2016, 18th place in 2022

Cha Seung-won: 25th place in 2012, 11th place in 2016

Jo Jung-suk: 9th place in 2017, 37th place in 2021

Jung Hae-in: 20th place in 2019, 18th place in 2020

Han So-hee: 39th place in 2021, 28th place in 2022

Go Hyun-jung: 6th place in 2010, 20th place in 2011

Yoo Jun-sang: 12th place in 2013, 29th place in 2014

Lee Kwang-soo: 39th place in 2013, 30th place in 2016

So Ji-sub: 35th place in 2010, 21st place in 2012

Hwang Jung-eum: 20th place in 2010, 18th place in 2011

Kim So-yeon: 24th place in 2021, 23rd place in 2022

Kim Hee-ae: 26th place in 2015, 34th place in 2021

Yoo Ah-in: 2nd place in 2016

Lee Hye-ri: 3rd place in 2016

Youn Yuh-jung: 8th place in 2022

Han Jimin: 8th place in 2019

Lee Jong-suk: 12th place in 2015

Kim Myung-min: 16th place in 2010

Kim Hee-sun: 19th place in 2018

Lee Ji-ah: 19th place in 2022

Park Min-young: 23rd place in 2012

Kim Taeri: 23rd place in 2019

Kang Ha-neul: 23rd place in 2020

Park Eun-seok: 24th place in 2022

Gong Hyo-jin: 26th place in 2020

Jeon Mido: 27th place in 2022

Kim Woo-bin: 29th place in 2015

Park Bo-young: 30th place in 2010

Kim Seonho: 31st place in 2021

Jo In-sung: 32nd place in 2015

Kim Nam-joo: 32nd place in 2013

Sol Kyung-gu: 33rd place in 2010

Kim Go-eun: 36th place in 2017

Ahn Hyo-seop: 37th place in 2022