Jang Nara, the “ageless wonder” of Korea’s entertainment industry: Career, net worth, and more

Jang Nara has got herself a solid career and reputation after 20 years in the industry. 

On June 26th, Jang Nara and her non-celebrity fiancé officially tied the knot at a fancy outdoor wedding ceremony in Seoul after 2 years of dating. Jang Nara’s wedding had the presence of famous celebrities namely Lee Sang Yoon, CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Chung Ah… Her husband is a director who is 6 years younger than her. They met and fell in love on the set of “VIP”. 

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Jang Nara in an elegant white dress next to her groom 

Making her debut in the entertainment industry in 2001, Jang Nara started out as a singer. She became a trainee and signed with the entertainment giant SM. She did not limit the scope of her activities within Korea but was also active in China. 

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Jang Nara gained popularity after releasing the studio album “Sweet Dream” in 2002. During the heyday of her career, she was so popular not only domestically but also across Asia, especially in China, that she created a “Jang Nara Syndrome”. 

Besides singing, Jang Nara is also well-known as an actress and captured viewers’ hearts with her natural acting in dramas such as “Successful Story of a Bright Girl” (2002), “The Last Empress” (2018–2019), and “VIP” (2019)… 

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Jang Nara is especially famous for her lovely and youthful beauty. She is dubbed one of the representative “ageless wonders” among Korean stars. 

With more than 2 decades of activities, Jang Nara has earned a large fortune. According to Epicstream, her net worth ranges from 3-5 million USD. Most of her income comes from her main job, singing and acting.

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According to data from 2018, with each episode of a drama filmed in China, Jang Nara made 300,000-400,000 yuan, much higher than other Korean actors working in China.

She is paid 200-300 million won for each endorsement contract. Jang Nara is also known as a “CF Queen” because of the impressive number of endorsement deals she is booked for, including cars (KIA Spectra), fashion (SMART uniforms), fast food (Popeyes),… Jang Nara also signed with Korean cosmetic brand CharmZone as an official model in 2020.

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Jang Nara is also a “charity fairy”. She established the Jang Nara fund worth 10,000 USD in Rengel, Philippines through a trip around the world to award scholarships. In 2017, it was revealed that Jang Nara had secretly donated a total of about 13 billion won to various charities, disaster relief and academic organizations since her debut in 2001. “When you give a rose to someone else, the fragrance of the rose is still in your hand,” said Jang Nara.

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Throughout her professional career, Jang Nara has achieved a lot. She was nominated and won many awards, both in singing and acting. In 2019, Jang Nara won the Seoul International Drama Awards’ Best Actress for her performance in “The Last Empress”. That same year, she also won the SBS Drama Awards’ Producer Award for “VIP”.

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Jang Nara is known as a “vampire” thanks to her youthful appearance. She looks like someone in her 20s at the age of 41
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