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Lee Young Ae Net Worth 2022: Is The Hallyu Queen Still The Highest-Paid K-drama Actress Of All Time?

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With her long list of blockbuster series and movies, Hardcore K-drama fans surely know the intense popularity of Lee Young Ae.

She captivates millions of viewers with her effortless beauty and impeccable acting skills portraying various roles–from the iconic royal doctor during the Choson Dynasty, Seo Jang Geum, to insurance investigator Koo Kyung Yi. Through this, it's no surprise how the actress earned the title Hallyu queen.

Lee Young Ae started as a commercial model in 1991 and tried her luck in acting in 1993.

Fortunately, she managed to land a supporting character in How's Your Husband? and eventually headlined her claim to fame in K-drama Jewel in the Palace.

The 2003 South Korean historical drama became a huge success, gaining popularity not just in Korea but other neighboring countries.

For some, Jewel in the Palace is considered the beginning of the Hallyu wave that spread Korean culture globally and the rest is history for Lee Young Ae.

With her years in the entertainment industry and being one of the pillars of K-wave, it is safe to say that she has amassed millions throughout her career as an actress.

Lee Young Ae Net Worth 2022: How Rich is the Jewel in the Palace Star?

According to What's The Net Worth, Lee Young Ae's net worth is estimated at $40 million, where a big chunk of her wealth is through her decades-long acting career, numerous endorsement, businesses and investments.

Moreover, Seoul Space also listed the Hallyu queen as the highest-paid K-drama actress of all time, scoring 83,000 USD per episode and estimated total earnings from K-Dramas amounting to 18 million USD.

With her timeless and undeniable charm, she has been one of the top choices of various companies as their brand ambassador.

Per South China Morning Post, Lee Young Ae was Amorepacific's muse from 1991 to 1999; this is followed by a brand deal with LG Household & Health Care's beauty company, The History of Whoo as their global ambassador.

Interestingly, the outlet also noted that the Hallyu Queen is raking over US$650,000 annually for being the face of Korean builder GS Engineering and Construction.

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Where Does Lee Young Ae Spend Her Millions?

Apart from on-screen projects, Lee Young Ae is a pro when it comes to investments.

The 51-year-old actress launched her own beauty brand in 2015 called Lyanature.

Being the face of many beauty brands, the A-lister is no stranger when it comes to highlighting and achieving beauty from within.

Lynature's flagship store is located at Sam Sung District, where the three-story building is overlooking the panoramic view of the whole district.

Interestingly, what made it unique among its competitors is that Lee Young Ae's beauty brand is 100% plant-based.

Aside from South Korea, Lynature has also gained the attention of Chinese consumers.

From investments, the Inspector Koo star is also known for her generous heart.

She has been involved with various charities, showing support for those who are in need.

Recently, at the height of the war between Ukraine and Russia, Lee Young Ae donated 100,000,000 KRW or approximately 83,331 USD to the embassy to show her support for the victims.

As noted by Soompi, Ukraine ambassador Dmytro Ponomarenko shared on his official Twitter account that the South Korean actress sent a cheque alongside a heartfelt message for Ukrainians.

In the letter, the actress shared that she is also a "family of veterans who went through the war" and knows exactly how it feels to get caught up in a devastating situation.

Moreover, she also expressed her wish, hoping that "war will stop and peace will be established in Ukraine as soon as possible."

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