Louis Koo is Hong Kong’s Top-Earning Entertainer in 2013

By on December 25, 2013 in NEWS

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With eight films this year, Louis Koo (古天樂) has taken the lead as Hong Kong entertainment industry’s top earner, breaking Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) three-year record.

A valued player in today’s entertainment market, Louis has made a successful transition from idol to acclaimed talent in his nearly two-decades-long acting career. He is a staple of the silver screen, and in recent years filmed with even higher frequency. Collaborating with the industry’s best, Louis’s profile continues to rise, and along with it, his salary.

Achieving success this year with Drug War <毒戰>Out of Inferno <逃出生天3D>, and The White Storm <掃毒>, Louis is in high demand and will have an even busier schedule in 2014. Recently, local media estimates that Louis has earned approximately $236 million HKD in 2013 after accounting for his films and endorsement activities. He will likely continue his earning streak into the new year as he begins shooting crime thriller Z Storm <Z風雲> in the coming weeks. He is also currently in negotiations over a major role in the movie adaptation of TVB drama Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲宵>.

Although Triumph in the Skies 2 failed to help him win the TV King title, Chilam Cheung (張智霖) certainly saw an increase in money-earning opportunities thanks to Captain Cool’s popularity. He joins the list this year with his $83 million HKD income accrued from his many public appearances. Recently signed with China 3D Digital Entertainment, Chilam may have a chance to finally make his big break in Mainland China, the gold mine for many Hong Kong artists.

In addition to Donnie Yen, who takes second place at $220 million HKD, Andy Lau (劉德華) and Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) also enjoy top ranks as they have made $150 million HKD each for their performances this year. Nicholas, who owns the successful Post Production Office Group, would likely rank even higher if his business earnings are also taken into consideration.

Eason Chan (陳奕迅) and Joey Yung (容祖兒) stand ahead of fellow musicians, earning $102 million HKD and $87 million HKD respectively. Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) continues to remain active in film and will next be seen in 3D epic The Monkey King <西遊記之大鬧天宮>. The fifty-eight-year-old brought home $80 million HKD in 2013. Former TVB artist Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), who has been strengthening his presence in China, rounds out the list at $39 million HKD. Although Kevin’s Mainland series received mixed reviews, his return to TVB in April will likely raise his profile once again and will ensure income stream from endorsement activities.

Source: Ming Pao

This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.

35 comments to Louis Koo is Hong Kong’s Top-Earning Entertainer in 2013

  1. stmlw20 says:

    All he need now is a wifie ^_^

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    • tvbfan replied:

      You mean a girlfriend first then she becomes his wife.

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  2. Jas says:

    I used to think he was just a regular player kinda celebrity until news of his philanthropy came to light. I started reading some of his blog posts (his older posts are more personal) and concluded he’s really just a nerd with a big, big heart. I hope he will find someone special. He deserves to be happy.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      He definitely deserves to be happy and hope he finds other half soon. He is actually a very simple guy and is a good son. I remember reading his he said when he is not working, he would be at home with his parents and doing the housework and taking care of them. Where can you find such a good son like that these days?

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      • Jas replied:

        Exactly, I want my future kids to be like him.

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    • gfbf replied:

      and hes so ahrd working~~~ omg louis koo~ after sooo many years.. i still love him lol

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  3. Ironfingers says:

    Will always love this guy! Always and forever!

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  4. HeTieShou says:

    Congrats to Louis and hope he finds his special someone soon…

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    • kiwi replied:

      Agreed

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  5. lemongrass says:

    Good for him as I think he deserves it based on the hard work he puts in. Not only good looking but he is like a no nonsense kinda of actor at work.

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  6. Panzer says:

    Hope he doesn’t put his career first like Andy Lau and marry late. He seems like he would make an amazing husband and parent.

    The world needs positive role models like him and it would suck if he didn’t contribute to the gene pool. – I know that sounds tacky, but awesome people should multiply to offset the jerks that keep breeding.

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    • tvbfan replied:

      But the thing is Louis Koo doesn’t sing or make mvs any more idk y? Louis Koo should start singing again and make mvs.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        He hardly has time for a girlfriend and his movie career is like 2 movies per month, where he got time to sing?

        I don’t think he wants children. He doesn’t strike me as the fatherly type. So perhaps he doesn’t want to have a family, yet.

        Andy Lau didn’t marry late. If rumours were true, he married young, divorced young, hooked up not long later and only married his current wife lately. He was always with someone. Just that we never knew.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I actually think Louis would be a good father and is already a good son. But that is just the feeling that I get so I can be wrong.

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      • tanngacun replied:

        I love him at film very much, but actually, i don’t think his voice is good enough to be a singer. :d.

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  7. iawnaek says:

    Ermm..like.He’s gay?

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    • mao replied:

      Heard that rumor before too…but he had girlfriends and dating women…so.

      For all we know, he probably does have a gf/wife but didn’t come out in the open.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      Just because someone does not have a girlfriend or are not married past a certain age does not mean they are gay. They can be too busy, non social or just find it harder to find someone when they are past a certain age because many women around his age are married or gave a steady boyfriend. Or he is secretly married or has someone but does not want announce it?

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      • tvbfan replied:

        Agree with hetieshou

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      • Vannn replied:

        He acts gay

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I do not think he acts gay, but even if he was gay, what is the big deal?

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      • Karen Koh replied:

        Agree with you…! Not getting married yet beyond a certain age does NOT mean one is gay. Why folks jump to conclusions like that . ..?! The facts are having reach a certain age it’s not that easy to meet .. Like you said many females around his age are either married or have a steady boyfriend. …!

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Single good looking successful man past 35 years old = gay?

      There are some who are gay… but there are some who are forever bachelor. How come no one ever said George Clooney is gay?

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      • Jas replied:

        I’m guessing he does not have a strong public relations team behind him to deflect negative press.. Unlike artistes under, say emperor group or media asia, Louis Koo is handling his own career. His agent has been with him for almost 20 yrs and is pretty much as low profile as him.

        I dunno if he is gay or not, it doesn’t really matter for his older fans I guess. Some of them left comments saying they just want him to be with someone, guy or gal. Hahahaha. But he used to date quite a bit in his 20s and early 30s, heterosexually.

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      • tanngacun replied:

        Yup, i really can’t stand this opinion. I just think he is so busy at work so he don’t have time to date and his girlfriend haven’t yet appeared. Nowadays, some pp sillily think if anyone don’t have girlfriend or boyfriend, it means that they gay or lesbian . So ridiculous.

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  8. RLF Lover says:

    You’d wonder how someone like Louis Koo who works hard not only for himself but for his family as well as being a philanthropist with a super big heart could not find someone to love…

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      No time? Temper problem?

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      • Jas replied:

        Introvert and workaholic.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      Two of my oldest brothers are even older than Louis and are not married but I know for sure they are not gay. My oldest is just too childlike and lazy to be in a relationship so he is better off being a lifetime bachelor. My second one is like Louis, very hard working for family and all but is shy and anti social, therefore, many women find him way too boring. Therefore, my point is there are often times many really nice guys and girls who do not have a special someone past a certain age due to various reasons and just because they do not does not mean that they are gay/ lesbian.

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    • Karen Koh replied:

      Never heard of this thing they termed ‘yuen fun” ? I think I believe in this . They called it fate?

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  9. Vannn says:

    I think he is gay. IMO

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    • dejavu replied:

      Doesn’t matter if he’s gay. Still like his movies.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Even if he was gay, I do not see what the big deal is. It does not make him a bad person or a bad actor.

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      • Vannn replied:

        Agreed!

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      • tanngacun replied:

        Agree.

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