Netflix’s 2019 hit drama Crash Landing On You has brought actor Hyun Bin to the peak of his popularity for portraying the male protagonist, a North Korean soldier Ri Jung Hyuk a.k.a. Captain Ri. Starting his career back in 2003, Hyun Bin gained nationwide recognition through a 2005’s drama My Name is Kim Sam Soon. Since then, he has appeared in numerous successful dramas such as Worlds Within, Secret Garden, and Memories of the Alhambra, as well as many big-screen movies.
Hyun Bin was born as Kim Tae Pyung on September 25, 1982, in Songpa District, Seoul, South Korea. Despite having been active for 17 years, it was his latest drama that shot him to international fame. Many were unaware of how rich Hyun Bin was after news broke that the actor, through his family’s company, had built a 7-story building worth about 4.8 million USD in 2014 in the luxurious Cheongdam neighborhood of Gangnam District, Seoul capital city. The value of the building is now multiplied many times ever since.
It was revealed recently that he also donated a huge amount of 200 million KRW (169,160 USD) to Community Chest Korea, a non-government organization to support the country’s effort in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
With such a long period of a career in Korean showbiz, how rich is Captain Ri actually is?
Latest Hyun Bin Net Worth
For the record, Hyun Bin was paid 27,000 USD per episode for the 20-episode long hit drama Secret Garden in 2010. He earned 540,000 USD (638.9 million won) just for his portrayal in one drama. It was also revealed that the actor received additional 178,383 USD (211 million won) from the show’s profit. His fame also helped him secured 8 endorsement deals up to 2012 which earned him 2,914,200 USD (3.45 billion won).
His career was temporarily put on hold when he began his mandatory military service for 21 months. Following his discharge in 2013, Hyun Bin made his comeback to the small screen through Hyde, Jekyll, I (2015). He earned 83,900 USD for each episode and amounted to 1.68 million USD (1.98 billion won) for the 20-episode series. For his role in 2018’s Memories of the Alhambra, Hyun Bin was paid 90,000 USD per episode, summed up to 1.44 million USD (1.7 billion won) in total.
Crash Landing On You cemented his position as the second highest-paid actor in South Korea, where he earned 83,900 per episode for the 16-episode drama. With his A-list status, Hyun Bin has numerous endorsements that averaged 900,000 USD per deal.
His current net worth was estimated to be around 15 million USD (17.76 billion won) by roughly calculating his earnings from 2013 to 2020. Hyun Bin’s popularity is definitely not going to end with Crash Landing On You, but his rising popularity makes him one of the most sought-after actors in South Korea. His next projects will be highly anticipated by many fans worldwide.