Gong Yoo is, without a doubt, one of the most popular K-drama stars today. The 42-year-old South Korean actor became a household name after his exemplary performances in numerous television shows such as Coffee Prince in 2007. Since then, he has been enjoying massive popularity up until this moment.
So, how rich is Gong Yoo? What is the net worth of the Train to Busan lead actor? Keep on reading to know more.
According to KDramaStars, Gong Yoo has a total net worth of $7 million this year. The entertainment news outlet claimed that the K-drama star earns around $65,000 per episode in most of his projects.
Gong Yoo has earned a significant amount of money from his television projects. Most, if not all, fans are aware that the Busan-born actor made his K-drama debut via SBS’ Hello My Teacher in 2005.
Following that, Gong Yoo appeared in the romance melodrama called One Fine Day in 2006. He was, then, cast in MBC’s Coffee Prince, which opened numerous doors for him and solidified his status as a Hallyu superstar.
Unfortunately, Gong Yoo halted his soaring career in 2008 after he enlisted for mandatory military service. Reports have it that the actor did a total of eight months as a frontline active service officer in Cheowon.
Gong Yoo was later transferred to the Defense Media Agency, where he served in the public relations department and hosted as a DJ for the army radio station. The K-drama superstar was discharged from the military in December 2009.
The South Korean actor made his comeback on the small screens via the romantic comedy series titled Finding Mr. Destiny. He also appeared on other notable projects such as Big, The Suspect, and A Man and a Woman alongside Jeon Do Yeon.
Gong Yoo made buzz again after he starred in the hugely successful zombie-themed blockbuster film Train to Busan, which surpassed 11 million admissions in South Korea alone. He also appeared in another box office hit movie called The Age of Shadows, which effortlessly surpassed six million admissions in two weeks.
As if that is not enough, Gong Yoo also starred in Kim Eun Sook’s Guardian: The Loney and Great God in December 2016, where he played the goblin. The said K-drama series was a massive hit that earned Gong Yoo a Best Actor award at Baeksang Awards for his outstanding acting performance.
Gong Yoo joined Kim Ji Young: Born 1982 film in 2018 and Seo Bok in 2021 together with Park Bo Gum. The K-drama star would also appear in Kim Tae Yong’s imminent movie called Wonderland together with Chinese actress Tang Wei.
Despite being one of the most popular South Korean stars today, Gong Yoo failed to be part of the Top 5 Richest Korean Actors list. Kim So Hyun ($117 million), So Ji Sub ($41 million), Lee Jong Suk ($32 million), Lee Min Ho ($26 million), and Song Joong Ki ($24 million) are, currently, holds the Top 5 places, followed by Hyun Bin, Park Seo Joon, Lee Seung Gi, and Gong Yoo.
Gong Yoo is richer than Song Kang and Kim Seon Ho, who have estimated net worths of $2 million USD and $5 million USD in 2021, respectively.
Meanwhile, Gong Yoo shocked everyone when he appeared in a scene in Squid Game. In the K-drama’s first episode, the character of Lee Jung Jae was approached by a salesman (Gong Yoo), who challenged him to play a ddakji or paper flip game.
Lee Jung Jae’s character received several slaps from Gong Yoo for losing numerous times before he finally got the prize. After beating Gong Yoo, Lee Jung Jae’s character was invited to become one of the official participants in the Squid Game.
Aside from Gong Yoo and Lee Jung Jae, viewers praised the production for being able to bring Park Hae Soo and Lee Byung Hun together. Squid Game can be streamed on Netflix.
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