Name:

Kim Beom-su

Date of Birth:

8th March 1966

Country of Birth:

South Korea

Country of Residence:

South Korea

Source of Wealth:

Online Services

Marrital Status:

Married

Children:

2

Kim Beom-su Net Worth USD: $5,035,000,000 - $5,565,000,000

2020 Mean Estimate USD:

$5,300,000,000

Kim Beom-su Biography

Kim Beom-su (also sometimes written as Kim Beom-soo, and known as Brian Kim) is the Korean billionaire behind Kakao, the nation’s most popular messaging app. Kim was born into a very poor family, and was forced to skip meals and work as a private tutor to pay his way through university. Despite this, he graduated with a BSc and MSc degrees in engineering from Seoul National University.

Kakao, used by 90% of smartphone users in Korea and also by tens of millions for shopping and gaming, was classified in 2014 by the South Koreran government as a “large company”. It was the first tech startup to achieve that distinction. The same year, it bought Daum, Korea’s number two search engine.

Away from Kakao, Kim Beom-su is the cofounder of NHN Entertainment and has invested in Upbit, the crypto currency exchange.