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Heo Sung-tae is a South Korean actor who has a net worth of $4 Million. He first came to the spotlight after appearing in the hit action thriller film “The Age of Shadows” in 2016. Sung-tae had the role of Ha Il-soo which earned him recognition.

The actor only gained fame in the South Korean film industry but the turning point of his career came in 2021. Thanks to the Netflix series, “Squid Game”, the entire ensemble cast is blowing up and that includes Sung-Tae who portrays the one character of Jang Deok-Su.

His appearance in this hit Netflix series earned him mainstream success as well as over 1.6 million followers on Instagram. Up until 2021, the name Heo Sung-tae was relatively unknown to anyone outside of South Korea but now gained impressive popularity all around the world.

What is Heo Sung-tae’s Net Worth?

Net Worth$4 Million
BornOctober 20, 1977
CountrySouth Korea
Salary (Annual)$500,000
Last Updated2023

Early Life

Heo Sung-tae was born on October 20th, 1977, in Busan, South Korea. Upon his graduation from Guemseong Middle School, he attended Pusan National University where he studied the Russian language and majored in literature.

Before launching his acting career, Sung-tae joined LG Electronics and became a member of the Russian business marketing team. He eventually earned the moniker, “King of TV sales” for all the television sets he had managed to convince around the Moscow area to buy.

Following his success in the business industry, Sung-tae would soon be headlining his company sales team. But after a few years of that, he decided to switch things up a little bit. But he didn’t decide to become an actor yet.

He agreed to position shipbuilding in the planning and coordination department for one of South Korea’s largest shipping agencies. Sung-tae continued to work for the shipping company until his mid-30s.


One night when he returned home from a dinner party he saw a television commercial in 2011. It was an advertisement for a South Korean competition show known as “Miraculous Audition”.

After watching the 30-second spot Sung-tae picked up the phone and decided to apply. At that time he was 34 years old and won the competition and pushed through the first round by unanimous decision. From there he quit his shipping job to pursue a full-time career as an actor.

Sung-tae’s first film appearance was a role in the film called “Masquerade” in 2012. From that point forward he continued to work in films Man on High Heels, Haemoo, The Royal Tailor, as well as television shows Jeong Do-jeon, Bride of the Century, and many more.

Heo Sung-tae as seen in a post (Heo Sung-tae/Instagram)
Heo Sung-tae as seen in a post (Heo Sung-tae/Instagram)


Sung-tae made his acting debut in 2012 and just under a decade later he’s gone on to act in over 60 different films and television productions. He played minor or supporting roles until his breakthrough moment came in 2012. That year Sung-tae played the main role of Ha Il-soo in the popular film “The Age of Shadows”.

Later he began starring in a series of popular films including “The Fortress” and “The Outlaws”. In 2021 his biggest breakout role came when he joined the cast of the Netflix series “Squid Game”. With his role as Jang Deok-su, Sung-tae received numerous accolades and popularity all across the globe.

Other Ventures

On another side fact, Sung-tae’s social media profile blew up and he quickly amassed over 1 million followers on Instagram. He had the perfect response for his fans, he thanked them for making him a millionaire.

Personal Life

Heo Sung-tae is a married man and also has children. He first met a woman sometime in 2000 and after dating for 10 years the two eventually married in 2010. When Sung-tae quit his shipping job his wife wasn’t happy with his decision.

At the shipping company, he was getting an $80,000 salary per year, however, he decided to make a career for himself in showbiz. Today, Sung-tae is one of the most in-demand actors in the South Korean entertainment industry.

Career Highlights

  • The Age of Shadows (Film, 2016)
  • The Fortress (Film, 2017)
  • Squid Game (Netflix original series, 2021)
  • 2021 Asia Artist Awards, Best Actor Award _ Won
  • 2018-2021 SBS Drama Awards, Best Supporting Actor, Scene Stealer Award _ Nominations
  • 2022 APAN Star Awards, Best Supporting Actor _ Won

Heo Sung-tae Net Worth

Heo Sung-tae is one of the most recognized stars who emerged out of the South Korean industry. He came to the limelight for his performance in the 2016 film “The Age of Shadows”. The real success he earned in 2021 was when he landed the role in one of the most-watched Netflix series “Squid Game“.

Sung-tae accumulated a lot of wealth throughout his acting career. He was even making a good sum of money before joining the acting field. As of 2023, Heo Sung-tae’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million.

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