Every year, Forbes creates a list of 30 people or groups under the age of 30 who are the most influential in Asia. This year, several Koreans, including K-Pop idols and athletes, made it to the prestigious list. Even in previous years, many Korean celebrities including G-Dragon, BTS, Eric Nam, and Jay Park secured spots on the annual list.
Let's take a look at the Koreans who made it on the list for the past year:
Following their debut in 2016, BLACKPINK has broken numerous records, including becoming the highest K-Pop female performer of all time on the Billboard 100. It's not surprising that they were selected to be part of the other influential figures.
Queen CL’s influence is simply undeniable. Despite having released only a couple of solo songs, her U.S. solo tour quickly sold out. She also became the first Korean singer to solo in Hammerstein Ballroom, a major U.S. venue.
Kim Tae Ri
One of the most notable actresses in Korea is Kim Tae Ri. Known for her leading roles in popular films ‘The Handmaiden’ and ‘Mr. Sunshine,’ she has won multiple awards for her superb acting.
Jo Hyeon Woo
2018 was a big year for Korea in regards to soccer. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Jo Hyeon Woo played a major role in eliminating the defending champion Germany – allowing him to quickly gain international fame for his amazing saves.
This Korean 17-year-old soccer player is the definition of a prodigy. He is the youngest Korean player to join Spain’s La Liga and recently joined Spanish club Valencia’s team with a buyout clause of 80 million euros.
Lee Sang Hyeok (Faker)
Lee Sang Hyeok is often referred to as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) in League of Legends and it’s no surprise why. He led his team, SKT T1, to three world championships, multiple MSI championships, and numerous domestic championships. He has helped South Korea gain international attention in the gaming world.