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By JONATHAN M. HICAP
February 28, 2012, 11:56am
MANILA, Philippines – K-pop group Girls Generation topped Forbes Korea’s “Power Celebrity 40” ranking for the second straight year. The list is based on the celebrities’ income, influence and reputation.
Girls Generation topped the categories of the most articles published and number of TV commercials with 36. The girl group released “The Boys” album last year, which sold 380,000 copies.
Boy band Big Bang zoomed to the No. 2 spot from No. 28 last year, despite the controversies which rocked the group including G-Dragon’s marijuana use and Daesung’s car accident.
Solo artist IU is third, her first time on the list. Fourth is girl group KARA, which has been successful especially in Japan.
World figure skating champion Kim Yuna is fifth, dropping from third last year.
At No. 6 is actor and singer Lee Seung Gi (fourth last year) followed by soccer player Park Jisung, actress Kim Tae-hee, boy band BEAST (No. 40 last year), and Olympic swimming medalist Park Tae Hwan (No. 23 last year).
Boy band 2PM is at No. 11 (from No. 5 last year) followed by comedian and emcee Kang Ho Dong (No. 10 last year), boy band JYJ, actress Shin Se Kyung and boy band TVXQ.
The 15th to 20th spots are occupied by boy band Super Junior (No. 16 last year), girl group T-ara, baseball player Shin Soo Choo, comedian and emcee Yoo Jae Suk (No. 6 last year) and football player Lee Chung Yong (No. 7 last year).
The complete list will be published in the March 2012 issue of Forbes Korea.