Yang Soo-kyung, Kyun Mi-ri Boost Stock Wealth

Former singer Yang Soo-kyung and actress Kyun Mi-ri's stock holdings increased to W5 billion through purchase of newly issued shares of listed companies, Chaebul.com reported Monday (US$1=W1,234).

Yang, the wife of Yedang Entertainment Company CEO Byun Du-seop, bought 3.84 million newly issued shares in the company in June, becoming the second largest shareholder with 5.4 percent. As of Sept. 4, the value of Yang's shares was W5.46 billion, which made her the third richest entertainment celebrity in terms of stocks.

Kyun bought 55,000 shares of FCBTwelve in July, and as of Sept. 4, her shares were worth W4.59 billion, making her the fourth biggest stock holder among entertainment celebrities.

Kyun Mi-ri (left) and Yang Soo-kyung (file photo) Kyun Mi-ri (left) and Yang Soo-kyung (file photo)

The top place was held by actor Bae Yong-joon, undisputedly the greatest star of the Korean Wave. Bae, the largest shareholder in KeyEast with 34.6 percent, has stocks worth W17.06 billion. Lee Soo-man, the former singer and currently the largest shareholder of SM Entertainment, came in second with W14.32 billion worth of stocks.

K-pop superstar Rain ranked fifth with W4.16 billion for his 8.04-percent share in J.Tune Entertainment. He was followed by Sin Dong-yeop and Kang Ho-dong, shareholders of De Chocolate, with W1.46 and W1.3 billion.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 08, 2009 12:01 KST