[Photo by Big Hit Entertainment Co.]
Bang Si-hyuk, founder and CEO of Big Hit Entertainment Co. who manages K-pop superstar BTS, joins the billionaire rank in South Korea with his equity holdings valuing around $3 billion after Thursday’s stock debut.
Bang owns a 34.74 percent stake in Big Hit Entertainment and his 12.38 million shares would value 3.2 trillion won ($2.8 billion) at Thursday’s closing price of 258,000 won.
“Big Hit Entertainment will continue to strive to become the best entertainment platform company in the world,” said Bang as he celebrated the company’s Kospi debut. The firm had its IPO ceremony live streamed via its YouTube channel on Thursday morning.
Bang would rank behind Chung Mong-koo, honorary chairman of Hyundai Motor Group who is the country’s fifth richest in stock worth with his holdings estimated at 4.3 trillion won based on market closing prices on Sept 29, according to local market researcher Korea CXO Institute’s report.
BTS members and their management label’s employees are also seeing their wealth climb up sharply. Bang handed out 68,385 shares, worth 9.2 billion won at the IPO price, to all seven members of the boyband last month.
Big Hit Entertainment’s 313 employees received 1.426 million shares. Large employee shareholders include co-CEO Lenzo Yoon with 120,000 shares.
Major investors in the agency would also become handsomely rewarded. Game developer Netmarble Corp. with a 19.90 percent stake holds 7.09 million shares, and private equity fund STIC Investment with a 9.72 percent stake has 3.46 million shares.
Some analysts think the buzz over Big Hit IPO would be short-lived as previous blockbuster IPOs like SK Biopharmaceuticals and Kakao Games have lost steam after big jumps in early trading days. On Wednesday, Kakao Games ended at 48,250 won, about the same as its opening price on the debut day about a month ago. SK Biopharmaceuticals closed the day at 153,000 won, 7.27 percent lower compared to July 3, or the second day on the Kospi.
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