G-Dragon is a wildly famous K-pop superstar in South Korea. Aside from being a successful singer-songwriter, he is a record-producer and a fashion influencer. He is a sought-after celebrity with a career spanning over 15 years. From sold out concerts to successful business ventures, how much is G-Dragon net worth in 2018?
Kwon Ji-yong also known as G-Dragon was born on August 18, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. This multi-awarded performer became a member of the group Little Roo’Ra when he was five years old. He took rapping classes in third grade and went on to become the youngest Korean rapper at thirteen years old. He started his career as a rapper in the boy band Big Bang in the mid-2000s. He released his debut solo album, Heartbreaker, in 2009 and it won the Album of the Year at the Mnet Asian Music awards. In 2010, he and his bandmate, T.O.P. released an album called GD & TOP. G-Dragon won the Artist of the Year award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2013. His second album Coup de’Etat was a huge success. This year he released an EP, Kwon Ji Yong and the single, Untitled, 2014, became number one. His Act III: M.O.T.T.E. concert series became the largest tour by a Korean solo performer. All in all, G-Dragon has written 22 number one songs for himself and his band. Through the years he has collaborated with other performers including Diplo, Baauer, Boys Noize, Zion T.Taeyang, 2NE1 and iKon. G-Dragon has been a major fashion force in the industry. His outfits and hairstyles have evolved year after year and his unique sense of style has a huge following in Korea and in other parts of the world. He has collaborated with well-known international brands including Airbnb, Giuseppe Zanotti, Samsung, Vidal Sassoon, Nike and Chanel. G-Dragon also supports charitable causes. It has been reported that he donated $80,000 USD every year on his birthday. G-Dragon’s fans made $43,400 USD in donations under his name to the Seoul National University in 2011. He has also contributed to this privately in 2012. G-Dragon has used his celebrity status to raise awareness for different causes including the Red Campaign to fight Aids and for the UN Refugee Agency. His parents run a pension hotel business after he built one for his family in 2012. He opened Monsant Cafe in Jeju Island on October 20, 2018.
G-Dragon’s dedication to his craft has earned the admiration of fans and fellow artists from all over. His passion and creativity has not only brought him overwhelming fame but also raked in a massive amount of fortune through the years. Korean newspapers estimate G-Dragon net worth 2018 at 40 billion KRW (South Korean Won). That translates to $35-40 million.
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