Who is the Richest member of EXO? EXO was formed back in 2011 and made its debut in 2012 under SM Entertainment. The group was divided into two groups (EXO-K and EXO-M) but promoted the same music. One group performed in China while the other group performed in South Korea. Therefore EXO songs are available in both Mandarin and Korean. By 2016, EXO was the biggest Kpop group in the world and gained the nickname of the Kings of Kpop. Their single “Monster” was able to hit #1 on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart. In 2018, EXO performed at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. They began endorsing many brands such as Samsung, Nature Republic, and even had an endorsement deal with Star Wars.
EXO shocked fans in 2021 with a special release called Don’t Fight the Feeling. However, they were without two of their remaining members Suho and Chen due to their military service.
The group as a whole is estimated to be worth $1 billion and plays a huge role in SM Entertainment’s overall valuation. The question is just how much goes to SM Entertainment and how much goes to each member? Therefore, estimating the richest member of EXO will not be easy. We will not take into account their family’s wealth but rather the revenue each member has generated for themselves.
Suho pretty much made it clear on Radio Star that Baekyun was the richest EXO member. This is based on how much money Baekyun has earned from his solo album which has sold over 1 million copies. But is he really? We need to remember that Baekyun is a part of SM’s supergroup SuperM which should get him additional pay.
What we do know is that he is the brand ambassador of Burberry Korea, Lifepharm, and is the co-director of his fashion label, Privé Alliance. He is a monster on social media with over 21.4 million followers on Instagram.
Baekhyun Estimated Net Worth: $17 Million
The argument over which EXO member is the richest always comes down to Suho vs Baekhyun. However, we have to give the edge here to Baekhyun mainly because he has his own fashion label. Suho is very active in doing movies and musicals. He got the leading role for the MBC drama The Universe’s Star and has taken lead roles in several dramas and films. His EP debuted sold over 280,000 copies in South Korea.
Currently, Suho is focusing more on films. In 2019, he was in a short film called The Present which is a story about a young Korean startup founder. It was also reported one of his neighbors was Choi Siwon, one of the richest K-pop stars of all time. Suho is also the holder of a famous Hyundai Black Card. He is also very active on social media with over 8.7 million Instagram followers. Suho is the representative for BVLGARI and elite bag brand, Bottega.
Suho Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million +
Chanyeol is really into real estate. He invests most of his income into properties. For example, he owns a building that is estimated to be worth over $2.5 million. He bought all the members new laptops so they can play online games together. Not many EXO fans know this but Chanyeol also does a lot of the musical compositions for EXO. His songwriting credits are extensive. In addition, Chanyeol has been very active in Korean films, TV shows, and dramas. He was the newly elected ambassador of Prada Korea. He has by far the most followers out of all the members of EXO with over 22.7 million followers on Instagram.
Chanyeol Estimated Net Worth: $13 Million+
Lay really does it all. He is a company CEO, actor, music producer, and fashion icon. He was the first Chinese representative of Valentino. Lay is also the brand ambassador for Calvin Klein, Daniel Wellington, Converse, MAC, H&M, Tide, Pizza Hut, Tencent, Chaumet, and Biotherm Homme! In total, Lay is a brand ambassador for over 30 brands. However Lay had to terminate his endorsement contract with Samsung Electronics due to their stance on the “One China Policy”. Samsung has Hong Kong and Taiwan listed as separate countries on their website. Lay has built a strong reputation for being a great philanthropist. Through 2016-2017, he donated a total of 25 ambulances during BAZAAR Stars Charity Nights.
Lay Estimated Net Worth: $11 million
Why is Kai so low on the list? Well, he flat out said on Radio Star that he was the member who makes the least. Now was he being serious? Hard to tell. He was able to release a solo mini-album called Peaches which should raise his value moving forward. He is also a part of the Kpop Supergroup, SuperM.
Kai is the main dancer on EXO and has done some acting roles. He became the first-ever Korean Kpop Star who became Gucci’s global ambassador. He must have been paid handsomely for doing so but again…how much went to Kai and how much went to SM Entertainment?
Kai is also involved in Korean dramas as he had a role in the KBS drama Andante.
Kai Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million
D.O. is going to have an amazing career as an actor moving forward. He is by far the best actor on EXO with his roles in Pure Love (2016), My Annoying Brother (2016), Positive Physique (2016), Room No.7 (2017), 100 Days My Prince (2018), Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, and Swing Kids (2018). He will get back into acting after serving his time in the Korean military. However, that does not mean he is done with singing. In 2021, D.O. released his first-ever solo album called Empathy which got a lot of praise from critics.
D.O. Estimated Net Worth: $10 million
Sehun is the youngest of the group and already is having a successful career in modeling. He is the representative of Berluti Korea Music and Cartier Korea for their modeling campaigns. He is also the brand ambassador for Zegna and the spokesman for Dr. Jart. In 2018, Sehun became the 2nd male Korean celebrity after G-Dragon to be on the cover of Vogue Korea. Sehun also has a massive social media following with over 21.3 million followers on Instagram.
Sehun Estimated Net Worth: $8 million
Xiumin is active in the musical theatre scene. He has also starred in Korean web dramas like Falling for Challenge where he also released his first solo song called “You Are the One”. Before joining the Korean military, Xiumin was in a Korean film and collaborated with many other Kpop artists.
Xiumin Estimated Net Worth: $8 million
Chen has found great success with his musical single titled Hello. He released the song before enlisting himself in the South Korean military. Chen is a singer-songwriter and has huge potential in the Chinese market.
Chen Estimated Net Worth: $8 million
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