Who is Key Shinee?

Born Kim Ki-Bum under the sign of Libra on the 23rd of September 1991, in Daegu, South Korea, Key is a 26-year-old Asian singer, rapper, dancer, radio host, actor and promotional model, perhaps best known for being the vocalist, lead dancer and lead rapper of one of the most popular K-Pop boy groups – “SHINee.” He has had a number of other jobs across various branches of the entertainment industry in his often lucrative career since 2008.

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Early Life and Education

Key – apparently an only child – was raised by his grandmother in his birthplace, as his mother was very sick after giving birth, and his father was busy with work, though the names and professions of both of his parents are unspecified. It is unknown when he took an interest in what he does today, as well as any of his childhood hobbies. Unfortunately, his grandmother passed away on the 23rd of September 2014, which we know from his own announcement on Instagram on October 10th of the same year – as he himself explained it, he announced his grandmother’s death personally because he didn’t want the company he works for to announce it through the media. As per his education, he attended Yeong Shin Middle School in his hometown, which at the age of 14 he represented in various water-skiing competitions. Other items of interest are that he always hated carrots, and that he was bullied in high school. After his matriculation, he joined Myongji University, from where he graduated with a degree in film and musical. He is now attending Woosuk University, working on his postgraduate degree in culture and education contents development.


Key’s rise to stardom began in 2006 while he was still in high school, when he was taken in by one of Korea’s largest entertainment companies, SM Entertainment, which held their SM National Tour Audition Casting, in which Key excelled. He made his screen debut the next year, as a background dancer in “Super Junior, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.” In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the boy group called “SHINee”, which undoubtedly became the greatest contribution to the fame he has now. The group, of which he is the eldest member, released its first mini-album, entitled “Replay” on the 22nd of May of the same year, coming in at #10 and going as far as #8 on the national charts. As the group gained popularity, some of its members, including Key, Onew, Taemin and Jonghyun, began making appearances not only as performers, but also guest stars. They were seen in widely popular Korean TV shows such as “Idol Maknae Rebellion.” Key also made his theatrical debut alongside other Korean celebrities, in the Korean version of the Broadway musical entitled “Catch Me If You Can.” As the group’s popularity grew further with their new releases, the members eventually branched off into other types of entertainment, such as acting. Nowadays, Key is busy starring in various Korean drama series, such as “The Guardians,” interspersed with his studies.

Love Life

As for his romantic involvements, not much is known about Key’s love life, due to his as well as his company’s secrecy, It is rumored that he may be in a relationship with the KARA group’s ex-member Nicole, started by fans only because they can be seen in certain pictures together, but neither of the celebrities have confirmed it, and it’s been refuted by Key’s company.

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A Known Philanthropist

Key also has a reputation for donating his resources to those that need them the most. First off, he donated over two tons of rice to the World Vision organization, which focuses on providing food to malnourished children across the globe, his aid feeding over 17,000 young individuals. On his birthday in 2014, Key’s fans collected a total of two million South Korean won, which helped establish a well in Cambodia, then in 2015, Key inspired his Instagram fans to aid the citizens of Nepal after the devastating earthquake. He also collaborated with the South Korean designer Ko Taeyong and sold sweatshirts featuring the images of his dogs, which gathered 12.5 million won, and which was donated to the Animal Freedom Union. He also participated in the “Make a Promise” campaign, created by UNICEF and Louis Vuitton, where 40% of the earnings were donated to children in crises.

What is Key’s Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich Key is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Key’s accumulated wealth is over $6 million, his modest fortune made as an actor and rapper, the most from his membership of the “SHINee” K-Pop boy group. As his career continues to develop, the said amount can be expected to increase.

Body Measurements

Concerning the physical attributes of the young rapper, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.77m) and his current weight is 127lbs (58kg). His hair is currently dyed orange and his eyes are light brown, while his body shape is generally described as slim.

Social Media Presence

Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active celebrities to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the projects they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. Key seems to be a regular subscriber, if not the leading example of this celebrity trend, as his presence is quite ubiquitous on most social media networks. His Facebook page has almost 600,000 followers, his Twitter account has over 70,000, and his Instagram account more than 5.6 million fans.

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