In April 2021, the global entertainment industry was taken by surprise when Hybe, a Korean-owned entertainment company (which is also home to BTS), acquired a 100 per cent stake in Ithaca Holdings. The American company, which is led by Scooter Braun, manages big-name celebrity clients such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, among others. Behind the deal was Hybe chairman Bang Si-Hyuk, who founded the company as Big Hit Entertainment. While he was already a billionaire before the merger – thanks to the company going public in 2020 – Forbes declared that his net worth skyrocketed to US$3.4 billion after the deal, making him the wealthiest man in Korean entertainment today, and the industry’s only billionaire. But aside from his massive wealth, what else do we know about him? BTS’ net worths, ranked – which member is the richest? He was a composer for JYP Entertainment Bang received his nickname “Hitman” when he started his career as a composer and producer for entertainment company JYP in the 1990s. He was one of the company’s first three employees alongside founder Park Jin-young and an accountant. He produced numerous hit songs with the company, among them Rain’s Bad Guy , g.o.d’s Sky Blue Balloon and 2AM’s Never Let You Go . Of course, he eventually left the company in 2005 to start his own rival agency, Big Hit Entertainment. Big Hit Entertainment almost closed due to bankruptcy in 2007 Despite the company being valued at roughly US$8 billion in June 2021, you might be surprised to know that Big Hit Entertainment almost closed due to bankruptcy in 2007. At that time, Big Hit only had four employees and a small roster of talents such as 8eight and K. Will. But thanks to a few hit songs, the company managed to stay afloat, allowing them to sign on the members of BTS in 2010 before formally launching the group in 2013 . Which K-pop songs have been played at the Tokyo Olympics? He is a perfectionist with his artists During an appearance on Korean TV series Archive K , BTS revealed that Bang is extremely strict with them. Jungkook shared that Bang would watch videos of them practising, and would often pause the videos to review their angles. Per KissAsian, in an interview Bang himself admitted, “When I’m working with artists at the company, I speak more strongly than on television. I’ve shouted angrily, ‘And you call yourself a singer?’ Every singer I’ve worked with must’ve heard this.” He saw the importance idols connecting with fans online Bang shared with Time that when he founded his company in 2005, he noticed that physical album sales were declining. However, he also noticed that K-pop idols had an advantage thanks to their passionate fans . As a result, BTS was allowed to communicate and build a relationship with their fans directly. Even before debut, BTS were able to upload vlogs and personal posts on their social media accounts. This allowed the members to truly connect with the fans, and helped grow their now massive Army fan base. Which Olympic athlete ‘has a crush on’ BTS’ V and Jin? He stepped down as CEO of Hybe to focus on music production In July 2021, Bang decided to step down as CEO of Hybe. He will still remain chairman of the board of directors, where he will be involved in decision-making about the company. Aside from this, he plans to get back to producing music for his artists, reports Variety. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .