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JYP is the wealthiest agency owner

Park Jin-young, a K-pop star and the head of JYP Entertainment, the home to sensational K-pop girl group Twice, became the wealthiest talent agency owner by stock value, beating out the former No. 1, the owner of SM Entertainment, data showed Sunday.

The value of the JYP stocks held by Park reached 192.2 billion won ($169.1 million) on Thursday, according to the data by Chaebul.com, which tracks Korean conglomerates. Park owns 17.8 percent of all JYP shares.

The total value marks an increase of 1.9 billion won from that registered at the end of 2018 and surpassed the value of the SM Entertainment shares held by Lee Soo-man, the former top entertainment agency owner.

The value of Lee’s SM stock holdings stood at 181.8 billion won as of Thursday, down 21.1 percent from the end of 2018.

The trade of the top seat came after the far-reaching sex service scandal centering on former Big Bang member Seungri hammered the stocks of major entertainment companies earlier this week, including his former agency YG Entertainment. JYP was one of the three major entertainment firms least affected by the shock.

SM had long maintained its top player status in the entertainment circle before JYP conquered the No. 1 post in August last year, driven mainly by the successful career of Twice.

As of the end of Friday, the market capitalization of JYP stood at 1.95 trillion won, while that of SM reached 945.6 billion won.

Compared with the beginning of 2019, the Kosdaq-listed JYP shares rose 1.16 percent, becoming the only one of the three whose market capitalization is over the 1-trillion-won mark.

Kosdaq-listed SM shares fell 21.2 percent in the same period, while YG saw its shares plunge 21.9 percent.

The plunge cut the value of the YG shares held by YG head Yang Hyun-suk by 32.2 billion won, to 126.3 billion won as of Thursday, compared with the end of 2018.

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