Kwon Ji-yong (G-Dragon), 27


In an industry full of lookalike boy bands, singer/rapper G-Dragon (yong is dragon in Korean) stands out. The K-pop star already been on two solo world tours, thanks to a loyal international following. And a cutting-edge style has made him a front-row fixture at Chanel shows. Though in the business since age 5, G-Dragon rose to fame as part of the group Bigbang. “I think not getting much attention from the start actually helped me build a stronger career,” he says. – Rana Wehbe


It may sound like a cliché, but I think maintaining one’s original intention is the best career advice I’ve been given.

Kim Soo-Hyun, 28, South Korea | Actor

Fans of variety-drama “Producer,” fantasy romance “My Love from the Star” and period series “Moon Embracing the Sun” know Kim as one of the hottest K-drama actors in Asia. But Kim is also the No. 2 FORBES Korea Power Celebrity for 2015, and one of South Korea’s highest earners in entertainment. He was also once the face of 17 products at the same time. Following his 2014 seven-country, nine-city Asian “fan meeting” solo tour, which brought out some 50,000 adoring fans, he held another fan meet in Shenzhen, China. Kim is also the main character in a new mobile social networking game ‘Kim Soo-hyun Star Academy’, released initially in China this past January.

Charice Pempengco, 23, Philippines | Singer

In 2008, Pempengco was invited as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show’s show World’s Smartest Kids. On the show she sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston and brought the audience to their feet. Her hit single “Pyramid” with singer Iyaz topped the Billboard Dance chart in 2010 and album sales in its first week earned her a spot on a U.S. Billboard chart. The pop and R&B singer was the second Philippine national to rank on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.