Many idols have been raking in the cash not only through concerts, album sales, merch, and endorsements, but they have also become smart investors by purchasing buildings. Let’s take a look at some of the idols that own buildings in some of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul — and find out just how much they’re worth!
Nate Pann, KOZ Entertainment
Back in 2018, the 28-year-old idol rapper purchased a building for 4.8 billion won (approx. $4.5 million USD). The building, which is located in Seoul’s up-and-coming Seongsu-dong neighborhood, has a basement and three stories, is easily accessible to the upscale Gangnam district, and has a beautiful view of the Han River.
Pandora, Nate Pann
YoonA is the owner of a 10 billion won (approx. $9 million USD) building located in Gangnam’s luxurious Cheongdam-dong neighborhood. According to industry experts, the building is located in one of the top investment destinations, coveted for its excellent location conditions.
Nate Pann, Starship Entertainment
Former SISTAR member Soyou became a building owner when she was only 25 years old, opening up about smart investment in a interview shortly after: “I’m very interested in finance. I don’t think money should be handled wastefully, so I didn’t play any tricks, and instead I saved my money. It wasn’t a large amount of money, but I worked hard to save up. We don’t know what the job of an idol will be like in the future, so let’s just save it.” The 1.57 billion won (approx. $1.4 million USD) building is in Hongdae’s trendy Yeonnam-dong neigborhood and currently houses a BBQ restaurant and dessert cafe.
SM Entertainment, Nate Pann
In 2019, Chanyeol became the owner of a building near Ehwa Women’s University, which he purchased for 2.27 billion won (approx. $2 million USD). Now, just about a year later, the building, which is currently being used to house a number of offices, is said to have raised in value by an impressive 700 million won (approx. $627,000 USD).
Nate Pann, YG Entertainment
Chanhyuk is perhaps the latest idol to be making a real estate purchase, having become the owner of a gorgeous commercial building in Hongdae back in September of this year. The 4.75 billion won (approx. $4.3 million) building is the home to some pretty fun businesses, including a dessert cafe, slime-making cafe, and game cafe. The building is just as vibrant and playful as the owner himself!
YG Entertainment, Nate Pann
Speaking of creative spaces, no idol-owned building is as striking as G-Dragon’s ‘March Rabbit,’ a 9 billion won (approx. $8.1 million USD) building that earned awards for the architecture firm that designed it. The whimsical space is inspired by the White Rabbit from ‘Alice In Wonderland,’ playing with form and a bold white exterior to make a big impression. The building is actually the third real estate investment G-Dragon has made, as he also owns two luxury apartment buildings in the city.
Nate Pann, Management SOOP
Suzy’s career might have had the beginnings of an idol, but since then, she has tried her hand at acting, modeling, and even owning her own real estate! The Hallyu star currently owns a building in Gangnam’s Samsung-dong neighborhood, which is valued at 3.1 billion won (approx. $2.8 million USD). The five-story building has various studios and commercial facilities, which are rented out for roughly 15 million won (approx. $13,000 USD) per month.
Know of any other building-owning idols? Which one of these buildings would you want to own? Let us know in the comments!