In celebration of Forbes Korea’s 9th anniversary of founding, the result of the ‘Korea’s Power Celebrity 40′ was announced. Out of more than 100 famous figures in Korea, Forbes Korea announced the top 40 celebrities who are shortlisted based on income, influence, reputation and expertise. The benchmark for selection is similar to US Forbes ‘Celebrity 100′.
Girls’ Generation who topped the celebrity survey last year has obtained 1st and 2nd spot in the main selection criteria such as number of published articles, TV advertisements and broadcast activities. Last year alone, Girls’ Generations have participated in a total of 36 TV commercials. Their 3rd album ‘The Boys’ which was released in October last year had recorded sales of more than 380,000 copies.
Other than Girls’ Generation, the celebrities who are still within top 10 this year (comparison made to last year’s list) are Kim YunA, Lee SeungGi and Park JiSung. Kim YunA has the biggest media influence among all celebrities.