SNSD (Girls’ Generation) topped Forbes Korea list of top 40 ‘Power Celebrities’ for the second year in a row.
Forbes Korea released the result of the top 40 ‘Power Celebrities’ in celebration of their 9th year anniversary. The report is based on the same format as how the U.S. ranks their ‘Celebrity 100’ this list is released on an annual basis.
SNSD swept the top spots under the categories of most articles published, highest number of television advertisements, TV appearances, and more. Followed by Big Bang, there are total of 10 idol groups placed in the top 40 showing the expanded influence of K-Pop.
The list of Top 20 is as follows :
1.) Girls' Generation
2.) Big Bang
5.) Kim Yuna (World Champion Figure Skater & Olympic Gold Medalist)
6.) Lee Seung Gi (Actor / Singer)
7.) Park Ji Sung (Midfielder for Manchester United & former Captain of Korean National Soccer Team)
8.) Kim Tae Hee (Actress / Model)
10.) Park Tae Hwan (Champion Swimmer & Olympic Gold Medalist)
12.) Kang Ho Dong (Comedian / MC)
14.) Shin Se Kyung (Actress)
16.) Super Junior
18.) Shin Soo Choo (Major League Baseball Player for Cleveland Indians, Silver at World Baseball Classic, Gold at Asian Games)
19.) Yoo Jae Suk (Comedian / MC)
20.) Lee Chung Yong (Footballer for Premier League club Bolton Wanderers)