“Forbes Korea” published their “2014 Korean Celebrity 40” list for which they selected and ranked the 40 top stars in the nation.
Girls” Generation ranked in first place. This comes as no surprise as they had previously topped the list in both 2011 and 2012. In fact, they have always ranked in the top five since 2009, making them the only celebrity to have made the top 5 for 6 years.
In the list of this year, “Forbes Korea” chose about 100 candidates through name search rankings and then did a collaborative ranking based on four parts: sales, exposure in media, broadcasting activities, and professionalism. Girls’ Generation are also the only ones that ranked in the top 10 this year in all four sections.
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Other big name celebrities in the list include Big Bang in 2nd, Suzy in 3rd, EXO in 5th, TVXQ in 7th, SHINee in 8th, IU in 10th, Yoo Jae Suk and Psy in 12th, Lee Seung Gi and CNBLUE in 14th, and Lee Byung Hun in 16th