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15 K-Dramas About *Super* Rich Families That Will Fascinate You

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to live in a luxurious house the size of a school campus? Or to drive a mega-expensive car that will make anyone turn their heads when you're on the street? If you want a *glimpse* of how some crazy rich Asians spend their $$$, there are a handful of K-dramas that show that! Apart from being wealthy, their lives are also full of ~drama~ which makes these shows even more intriguing.

Here are 15 K-dramas that feature chaebols and other super rich families on Netflix, Viu, and iQIYI:

1. SKY Castle (2018)

Who's in it: Yum Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran, Yoon Se Ah, Oh Na Ra, Kim Seo Hyung

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The plot: In the posh neighborhood called SKY Castle lives a bunch of families of doctors and professors. They own houses with huge chandeliers, drive multiple cars, wear the latest designer clothes, and have exclusive credit cards that only the wealthiest and most powerful in South Korea can ever have. In true Asian family fashion, these parents want their children to pursue the same fields as them. They're willing to risk everything just to get them admitted to the top universities in SoKor, even if it includes their sanity.

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2. Mine (2021)

Who's in it: Lee Bo Young, Kim Seo Hyung

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The plot: Remember the terrifying Coach Kim from Sky Castle played by Kim Seo Hyung? Well, the actress is back in this 2021 K-drama as the cunning daughter-in-law of an extremely wealthy family. In the first few minutes of Mine, your jaw will drop from the views of their luxurious estate. Seriously, the main house (yes, there are multiple in the compound and they have names because that's how rich people are) looks like a museum! Also in this drama is the gorgeous Lee Bo Young, who also plays a daughter-in-law who married into this crazy rich family. It's pretty hard to summarize what Mine is all about, but we can safely share that it's about how everyone—including the wealthiest peoplehas secrets that they hope to take to their graves and that nothing is ever as it seems, especially when money and people in power can manipulate almost everything. In Mine, you'll see how the elite can get anything they want with a snap of a finger, but that doesn't mean they're living happily and peacefully. While they may be surrounded by the most beautiful material things and properties, in reality, their world is vicious and ugly. Watch if you love seeing rich people suffer, LOL.

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3. Shopping King Louis (2016)

Who's in it: Seo In Guk, Nam Ji Hyun, Yoon Sang Hyun, Im Se Mi

The plot: Based on the title, the drama's lead character, Louis (or Kang Ji Sung) is a well-known shopaholic! He's the remaining heir of a chaebol family and every high-end retail store knows him and the things he wants. He would even get first dibs on limited-edition, insanely expensive items! One day, Louis loses his memory and meets a woman who later on teaches him a thing or two about his spending habits.

4. Boys Over Flowers (2009)

Who's in it: Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon, Geum Jan Di

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The plot: If we're talking about chaebol families, we can't forget about the iconic Boys Over Flowers! The group of boys in this drama is called the F4, who all have affluent backgrounds. They're considered the most popular students in Shinhwa High School and everyone takes a step back whenever their names are mentioned. F4's leader Gu Jun Pyo is the soon-to-be heir of South Korea's biggest conglomerate, the Shinhwa Group.

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5. The Master's Sun (2009)

Who’s in it: Gong Hyo JinSo Ji Sub, Seo In Guk

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The plot: What would you do when you are ~cursed~ with the ability to see ghosts and you discover that these spirits can disappear once you touch someone? You'll stay by his side, of course! The Master's Sun takes us to the story of Tae Gong Shil, who was once an optimistic person until she was caught in an accident. And then there's man Joo Joong Won—he owns a chain of malls, lives in a mansion, and only has his eyes set on his fortune.

6. Graceful Family (2019)

Who’s in it: Im Soo Hyang, Lee Jang Woo, Bae Jong Ok

The plot: Have you ever heard of a pet fish who died and was given a ~*grand*~ funeral? By grand, I mean it's attended by people in designer suits! That's how filthy rich the characters are in the drama, Graceful Family. And just like any other home with chaebols in it, this one's chock full of scandals, too!

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7. What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018)

Who’s in it: Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The plot: Undoubtedly one of Park Seo Joon's most unforgettable dramas (PSJ in well-fitted suits in all episodes, a steamy kissing scene with Park Min Young, AURA!) is What's Wrong With Secretary Kim. Here he plays Lee Young Joon, who runs his family's conglomerate. He unexpectedly falls in love with his diligent secretary, Kim Mi So, but one day, Secretary Kim decides to quit her job because of a life-long mission that she's always wanted to accomplish. So what IS wrong with secretary Kim? Young Joon decides to pursue Mi So and secrets about their childhoods unfold, particularly about Young Joon's family's dark past.

8. That Winter, The Wind Blows (2018)

Who's in it: Song Hye Kyo, Jo In Sung, Kim Bum, Jung Eunji

Where you can watch it: Netflix

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The plot: A melodrama at its core, That Winter, The Wind Blows is about Oh Young, a blind chaebol heiress who lives alone and is determined to find her long-lost brother, Oh Soo. When a notorious gambler with a similar name found out about this, he immediately took the opportunity to disguise himself as the other Oh Soo just so he can pay off his long list of debts.

9. The Heirs (2013)

Who's in it: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, Kim Ji Won, Krystal Jung

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The plot: Also known as The InheritorsThe Heirs revolves around the privileged students of the elite Jeguk High School. They're preparing to become the next generation leaders of their families' business empires. Since they're all well-off, there's bound to be rivalry at some point (especially when you both fall in love with the same woman). The heirs in this drama all have distinctive personalities and yes, they're not all snobs—some of them are genuinely kind!

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10. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)

Who’s in it: Park Bo YoungPark Hyung SikJi Soo

Where you can watch it: Netflix and Viu

The plot: A bit spoiled and can be mischievous at times—that's Ainsoft CEO Ahn Min Hyuk for you! He already came from a rich family but he's determined to succeed on his own. Min Hyuk is a pro in the gaming industry so you'll expect his belongings to be high-tech! He often eats threats for breakfast and so he calls the help of Bong Soon, who has superhuman strength, to protect him. 

 

11. Reborn Rich (2022)

Who's in it: Song Joong Ki, Lee Sung Min, Shin Hyun Been, Kim Kang Hoon, Tiffany Young

Where you can watch it: Viu

Yoon Hyun Woo (Joong Ki), is a longtime loyal higher-up employee working for chaebol Soonyang Group. However, his loyalty is repaid by betrayal when he is murdered by a member of the family to cover up a tax evasion scheme. In 1987, Hyun Woo wakes up and discovers that he has been reincarnated into the body of Jin Do Jun, youngest grandson of the Soonyang family. He plots a hostile takeover of the Soonyang Group in order to have his revenge.

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12. Business Proposal (2022)

Who's in it: Ahn Hyo Seop, Kim Sejeong, Kim Min Kyu, Seol In Ah

Where you can watch it: Netflix

In Business Proposal, food researcher Shin Ha Ri agrees to go on a blind date in place of her best friend, Jin Young Seo. But her date turns out to be Go Food CEO Kang Tae Moo, her employer. Tae Moo hires Ha Ri to fake a relationship in order to escape his grandfather's plans of an arranged marriage. Ha Ri leads a double life as Shin Geum Hee, Tae Moo's fake partner, all the while hiding the fact that she is his employee.

13. Queenmaker (2023)

Who's in it: Kim Hee Ae and Moon So Ri

Where you can watch it: Netflix

Hwang Do Hee (Kim Hee Ae) is a general manager for a strategic planning team at Eunsung Group. So trusted by the family that she was given the name "queenmaker," Do Hee he is famous for her impeccable skills in dealing with public opinion.

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But when she believes her actions cost someone’s life, she seeks revenge and approaches Oh Kyung Sook (Moon So Ri), a human rights lawyer, to convince the latter to run for the position of mayor of Seoul.

14. King the Land (2023)

Who's in it: Lee Junho, YoonA

Where you can watch it: Netflix

Gu Won (Junho) is the reserved heir to the King Group, whose life suddenly changes when he meets bubbly King Hotel employee Cheon Sarang. Having been traumatized by people faking their emotions around him when he was a child, Gu Won detests fake smiles—so their initial relationship is anything but friendly. But can Sarang's warm personality melt the chaebol heir's cold mask? 

15. See You in My 19th Life (2023)

Who's in it: Shin Hye Sun, Ahn Bo Hyun

Where you can watch it: Netflix

Ban Ji Eum (Shin Hye Sun) is a woman who has gone through 18 reincarnations. She can remember all her past lives, which span nearly a thousand years. During her 19th life, Ji Eum decides to reconnect with her childhood friend Mun Seo Ha (Ahn Bo Hyun), who is now a young man—and the executive director of MI Hotel, aka her boss.

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