BIGBANG Ranks on Forbes World's Highest Paid Celebrities Under 30
Kyung Ho Kim, Nov. 17, 2016, 8:32 a.m.
K pop boy group BIGBANG has been named as the on the exclusive Forbes list for ‘The World’s Highest Paid Celebrities Under 30’. BIGBANG ranked on the list at #13 with a total of $44 Million in earnings. Previously, Big Bang was also featured on Forbes' 'World's Highest Paid Celebrities 2016'.
When told that the band took home more than any active American all-male arena pop group, Jiyong, 27, was stunned. “We made more than Maroon 5?” said front man Kwon “G-Dragon” Jiyong, 27, through a translator. “Did not know that. My mom is in charge of my earnings.” Fortunately the group’s finances are in the capable hands of their manager, former K-pop idol Yang “YG” Hyun Suk.
BIGBANG is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, the group officially debuted on August 19, 2006. Predominantly a hip hop group, their debut was a moderate success, with their first self-titled Korean album selling 48,000 copies. Their breakthrough came with the release of their first extended play, Always (2007), which included the number one song "Lies". The song went on to top major Korean music charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks, and won the group the Song of the Year award at the 9th Mnet Korean Music Festival.