Bang Si-Hyuk
Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment
Korea (South)
2020

Big Hit Entertainment

Bang
Si-Hyuk

Chairman / CEO

If you don’t know Korean boy band BTS, where’ve you been? In February 2020, its “Map of the Soul: 7” debuted atop Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums, its June concert set a Guinness World Record for livestreaming (756,000 global viewers), and in August its all-English single “Dynamite” was the first number one by a Korean act on Billboard’s Hot 100. But Bang is no one-act showman. He’s been pushing hard toward diversification, moving into tech with apps like Weverse as well as acquisitions Pledis, Source Music and game firm Superb. In the first half of 2020, 40% of sales from South Korea’s top 100 albums belong to Big Hit artists, and its October IPO notched a valuation of $840 million.

Career

  • JYP Entertainment
  • Big Hit Entertainment

Education

  • Seoul National University (Korea)

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If you don’t know Korean boy band BTS, where’ve you been? In February 2020, its “Map of the Soul: 7” debuted atop Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums, its June concert set a Guinness World Record for livestreaming (756,000 global viewers), and in August its all-English single “Dynamite” was the first number one by a Korean act on Billboard’s Hot 100. But Bang is no one-act showman. He’s been pushing hard toward diversification, moving into tech with apps Weverse, e-commerce arm...

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