5 Real Life Cinderella stories of Korean beauties

Jun Ji Hyun, Claudia Kim and some actresses are called "real-life Cinderella" as they marry rich husbands, just like the character in our childhood fairy tale.

According to SCMP, the audience used to be excited by the main cast’s romances. Stories following the motif of ordinary people getting married to rich men have occupied the small screen for a long time.

Some Korean stars have re-enacted the fairytale in real life with themselves as the main characters. These extravagant marriages and lavish proposals make the Korean actresses below known as “real-life Cinderella”.

Jun Ji Hyun and the related scandals

In 2012, Korean media reported that Jun Ji Hyun, one of the most beloved actresses of all time and the Korean commercial queen, married Choi Joon Hyuk.

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The beauty has known her current husband since she was in middle school. According to Mydaily, Choi Joon Hyuk comes from a prestigious family. Lee Young Hee, Jun Ji Hyun‘s paternal grandmother is a famous hanbok designer in Korea, while Choi Joon Hyuk‘s grandfather runs a famous steel company.

After working for Bank of America for a while, Choi Joon Hyuk chose to run his family business. In 2020, Jun Ji Hyun‘s husband officially became the CEO and largest shareholder of Alpha Assets.

According to Maeil Business Newspaper, the business really flourished under the leadership of Choi Joon Hyuk. The company’s sales increased sevenfold to $9.1 million just one year after he took over.

Jun Ji Hyun was many times reported to have divorced her rich husband.
Jun Ji Hyun was many times reported to have divorced her rich husband. 

According to SCMP, what makes Jun Ji Hyun‘s marriage known to be movie-like is Choi Joon Hyuk‘s marriage proposal. The rich CEO suddenly brought his wife to Japan and made the proposal. The two are also praised to be a good pair as Choi Joon Hyuk‘s appearance is not inferior to any actor.

The perfect marriage caused Jun Ji Hyun to come under controversy many times. The star of the movie Legend Of The Blue Sea had to ask the company to speak out when she was rumored to divorce the rich husband.

Culture Depot denied the malicious rumors that affected her married life. The actress’s company also threatened to sue vlogger Garo Sero for spreading false information.

“We plan to take strong legal action against the acts of spreading false rumors and malicious comments,” Culture Depot stated.

Fantastic Beasts beauty is rumored to get married for money

Claudia Kim

Actress Soo Hyun (also known by her stage name Claudia Kim) is known to the public after participating in a number of Hollywood films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

After a period working in the entertainment industry, she married Korean-American businessman Cha Min Geun (also known as Matthew Shampine).

Claudia Kim was once criticized for marrying for money due to their disparate looks.
Claudia Kim was once criticized for marrying for money due to their disparate looks. 

According to JoongAng Daily, Soo Hyun‘s husband used to be the CEO of the Korean company WeWork. He joined the company from the company’s troubled days and steered the startup company to success.

Currently, WeWork Labs has more than 800 branches in 125 cities around the world. Star News reports that the market value of this business is about $47 billion.

The businessman – actress couple got married at the Shilla Hotel, one of the most expensive wedding venues in Korea.

After the wedding, Claudia Kim was repeatedly suspected of having married Cha Min Geun just for money. The families of both sides denied the above information and congratulated the couple.

Korea’s “Barbie doll” married into a rich family

Han Chae Young

Actress Han Chae Young is called “Korea’s Barbie doll” thanks to her doll-like visuals. She shot to fame after starring in the drama Sassy Girl Chun-hyang (2005).

In 2007, she married Korean-American businessman Choi Dong Joon, who comes from a wealthy family. Choi is the vice president of Medcare Korea and CEO of technology company HBK.

Similar to Jun Ji Hyun and her husband, they knew each other before Han Chae Young debuted as an actress in 2000.

Han Chae Young

Han Chae Young and her husband reportedly met in the US in 1998. They stayed friends for a while before deciding to date and ended up getting married.

How Choi Dong Joon proposed once created a stir among the Korean public. Specifically, he spent $ 6 million on a 5-carat diamond ring and a luxury sports car to ask Han Chae Young to be his wife. 

After a lavish wedding ceremony, the couple moved into a villa of about 500 square meters in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam District, Seoul, Korea.

From an actress to a social media influencer

 Lee Si Young

Lee Si Young is one of the most popular actresses on Korean social media. She was the first celebrity to reach 10 million followers on a popular video sharing platform in Korea thanks to doing funny videos.

Lee Si Young married businessman Cho Seung Hyun in 2017. At that time, the actress was pregnant. Cho Seung Hyun is the owner of a successful restaurant franchise. But he also enjoys being active on social networks with his wife. 

Lee Si Young and her husband are now social media stars.
Lee Si Young and her husband are now social media stars.  

According to Chosun Ilbo, Cho Seung Hyun started his business at the age of 20. By 2021, his company’s annual sales revenue reached 2.13 million USD/year.

Cho Seung Hyun‘s F&B business includes a rooftop bar in Cheongdam-dong, a Korean barbecue restaurant, etc. He also opened a salad restaurant for his wife.

Shin Joo Ah’s dreamlike life in Thailand

Shin Joo Ah

After gaining popularity as a K-drama actress, Shin Joo Ah caught the attention when she announced her marriage to a Chinese-Thai chaebol in 2014.

After meeting Sarawut Rachanakul through a mutual friend while traveling, they quickly became friends, then dated and tied the knot.

Shin Joo Ah

In interviews, Shin Joo Ah said she said yes to her husband’s marriage proposal because he always took care of her.

With the successful business of her husband’s family, Shin Joo Ah is now enjoying a luxurious life in Thailand. The actress often shares photos of the massive mansion she is living in and her rich lifestyle on SNS, drawing envy from netizens.

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