Who is Namjoon?
Kim Namjoon was born on 12 September 1994, in Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea, and is a songwriter as well as a rapper, best known for being a part of the group called Bangtan Boys or BTS. The group also recently goes under the name Beyond the Scene, and they’ve won numerous awards over the course of their career.
The Wealth of Namjoon
How rich is Namjoon? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $8 million, earned through success in his numerous endeavors. The group collectively has a net worth of over $60 million, and as he continues his career with BTS, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Namjoon grew up alongside a younger sister and at a young age, he did not envision himself to be a rapper, instead wanting to become a security guard due to how impressed he was with uniforms. As he grew up, he developed a strong interest towards performing, and after matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Seoul Cyber University, studying for a degree in Broadcasting and Performing Arts. The university is known for being an online university with over 11,000 students enrolled and is called the Best Cyber University in 2007.
It was established in 2000 by the Law of Lifelong Education and gained accreditation through their Ministry of Education. They have a headquarters at Mia-dong, Gangbuk-gu with regional campuses located across South Korea. Namjoon was one of the top ranking members of the national school exam, with a high ranking IQ score of 148 as well as a TOEIC score of over 900. During his youth, he realized that he needed to learn English, so he watched popular sitcoms and studied in New Zealand. He also learned how to speak Japanese.
During his time at school, he got over the stress of studying through rapping and while his parents wanted Namjoon to have a regular job, he stated that he wanted to become a rapper, citing his strong love for music and the attention he got from songs he wrote at school. He went under the moniker Runcha Rada based from the video game character of the same name in “Maple Story”. He made his debut as an underground rapper, and was eventually the first member to be signed to BTS.
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BTS was created in 2013, and is a seven member boy band which creates most of their musical output. They originally began as a hip hop group, though their music started evolving to cover a wide range of genres later on. Their music is often known to have social and personal commentary, tackling various topics. They’ve written songs about mental health, loss, individualism, with references to literature. Two years later, their work started to gain recognition in the US, entering the Billboard 200. Some of their albums include “2 Cool 4 Skool” and “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever”.
Success in BTS
Their 2016 album entitled “Wings” would become their first album to sell over a million copies in South Korea, and would help the band become a spearhead in the Korean Wave in the US. They became the first Korean group to receive a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certification, and the only Korean act to top the US Billboard 200 with their 2018 album “Love Yourself: Tear”. Their releases after that would continue to top the charts, including “Map of the Soul: Persona” and “Love Yourself: Answer”, making them the first group since The Beatles to have three number one albums in less than a year.
They are now the best-selling artists in South Korea of all time, and hold the record for the best-selling album in Korean history with “Map of the Soul: Persona”. They were also the second best-selling artist of 2018, and won the Billboard Music Award for Top Duo/Group in 2019. They have been given the nickname, Princes of Pop and are considered one of the most influential celebrities of Korea. They are also responsible for attracting foreign tourists that visit the country, helping the economy, plus they recently partnered with UNICEF for philanthropic efforts.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, not much is known in terms of Namjoon’s romantic relationships. Many sources state that he is young and likely focused on his career. South Korean talents are also known to be under strict management when it comes to romantic endeavors. He goes by the name RM or Rap Monster in BTS and has released solo work as well. He’s also been credited as responsible for writing numerous songs, with over 130 songs attributed to him.
Instead of a personal social media account, Namjoon is a part of the collective BTS Instagram account, which has over 19 million followers. Most of their online and personal endeavors are managed by their representation including their overseas projects. He’s mentioned that he has a love-hate relationship with the Rap Monster name, as it was selected during his idol trainee days. He decided to change it to RM because it was no longer representative of the music he creates. Now the name can mean a spectrum of things such as Real Me. He’s been featured in numerous publications such as the American magazine XXL, which released a list of Korean Rappers You Should Know.