Last Updated: April 14, 2024
Richest CelebritiesRappers
Net Worth:
$60 Million
Dec 31, 1977 (46 years old)
Gangnam District
5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Dancer, Choreographer, Rapper, TV Personality, Singer, Songwriter, Actor
South Korea
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What Is Psy's Net Worth?

Psy is a South Korean rapper who has a net worth of $60 million. Psy gained nearly instant international fame thanks to his catchy hit single and YouTube music video "Gangnam Style."

For people outside of South Korea, Park Jae-Sang, also known as Psy, seemed to appear out of nowhere.  His massively popular single "Gangnam Style" took the world by storm and is one of the most-watched videos on YouTube ever. Before making it big overseas, he was considered a rather controversial artist in Korea. The majority of K-pop stars are ridiculously attractive, young, and perfectly trained in music, dance, and acting.  Psy is older, chubby, dances any way he likes, dropped out of Berklee Music School, and regularly releases tracks with lyrics that either cause his songs to be banned or slapped with an "Ages 19+ only" label.  Though he won numerous music awards, he was aggressively targeted by various civil groups in Korea and was often criticized.

After completing his mandatory military service, Psy was informed that his service was illegitimate, and he was ordered to spend two more years in the military.  Unable to make music, he wound up quite poor and ultimately chose to join YG Entertainment, a popular Korean music label that was owned by a friend.  Other artists on the label protested his signing with the company, which was primarily focused on the teen market.  Their protests proved unfounded, however, as the first single from his second album with the label catapulted him into international superstardom.

How much money did Psy make from "Gangnam Style"?

Thanks to the incredible success of "Gangnam Style," Psy made a small fortune from his song in the first year of its release. Psy's 7 billion video views have earned millions worth of ad revenue sharing. From the 4 million iTunes downloads, Psy has earned around $4 million. His streaming revenues are relatively paltry, a mere $500,000. Psy has also earned an estimated $8 million from endorsement deals with brands like Samsung. In total, the incredible success of "Gangnam Style" has put more than $20 million into Psy's pockets, before taxes, managers fees, etc.

Psy's family has made Millions as Well

Another interesting thing has happened for Psy and his family during the "Gangnam Style" insanity. For some reason, the stock of his father's publicly traded company has skyrocketed during the same time that Psy's single was exploding. For more information on this anomaly, read our article on how the Gangnam Style Rapper's Family Just Made $30 Million.

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Early Life

Psy was born Park Jae-Sang on December 31st, 1977, in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea. He comes from an affluent family. His father, Park Won-Ho, is a chairman of DI Corporation. His mother, Kim Young-Hee, is a restaurateur. Psy attended Sehwa High School and was known as the class clown, as he did not enjoy school. It's been said by his former classmates that he added a contagious and lighthearted energy to his classes. Psy's love of music was inspired by the band Queen, particularly "Bohemian Rhapsody." Park had originally planned to attend Boston University but lost interest in his business administration studies by the time he got to the U.S. and began classes. Psy used his leftover tuition money on musical instruments and equipment. He dropped out of BU and enrolled at Berklee College of Music but ultimately dropped out to return to South Korea to pursue a music career.


Early Career

He released his first album, "PSY… From the Psycho World," in January 2001. He was fined by the South Korean government authorities for inappropriate content on the album. His second album in 2002 also stirred up controversy due to explicit content. In 2003, after he released a third album that finally saw a breakthrough in success, Psy entered the South Korean military as part of a mandatory service imposed on all South Korean men aged 18 to 35. He was excused from the military in 2005 because he had an exemption from working at a software development company. In 2006, he came back with a fourth album, which won honors at the 2006 SBS Music Awards. Around this time, state prosecutors accused Psy of neglecting his work to pursue his music career. The court decided to redraft him, and he was not released from duties until July 2009. Due to financial problems, he could no longer release his songs. Psy joined YG Entertainment in 2010 and released his fifth album. Its lead single, "Right Now," was banned for audiences under the age of 19. At this point, Psy had topped the domestic music charts half a dozen times but had yet to reach international audiences.

"Gangnam Style"

Everything changed for Psy with the release of his sixth album, "Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1." The song "Gangnam Style" exploded into the mainstream music scenes around the world, and to say the video went viral is an understatement.  On August 21, 2012, the song officially charted reached #1 on the iTunes Music Video Charts, overtaking the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. "Gangnam Style" has been viewed more than 3 billion times on YouTube since its release on July 15, 2012. The song reached #1 on the iTunes sales chart and is the most-liked and viewed video in the history of YouTube. The song has been parodied countless times across the world, including on "Saturday Night Live," on which Psy made a surprise guest appearance. Thanks to the success of "Gangnam Style," Psy has appeared on "The Today Show," "The Ellen Degeneres Show," and many more. On November 24, 2012, "Gangnam Style" became the most-viewed video in YouTube history. The song has been lauded by people all around the world, including political leaders like President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. To date, the YouTube video has 3.5 billion views.

Psy's Gangnam Style:

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Life After "Gangnam Style"

In November 2012, Psy held a speech in England at the Oxford Union and discussed the inspiration for the song. He described life after "Gangnam Style" to be both a dream and a nightmare, in that he knew it would be impossible for his next song to equal the success of the previous one. Later that month, Psy became only the second South Korean music artist to appear at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Riding out the waves of success of "Gangnam Style," in 2012, Psy signed with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and his Schoolboy Records. He released two more albums with varying degrees of success and formed his own company in 2019, P Nation. He has signed Hyuna, Dawn, and other artists since the formation of his company.

Personal Life

Psy married Yoo Hye Yeon in October 2006, and the couple has twin daughters. In late 2001, Psy was arrested for possession of marijuana and was fined and sentenced to 25 days in jail. As a result, he was unable to attend his grandfather's funeral or say his last goodbyes to him.

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