Chou Tzu-yu was born on June 14, 1999 in East District of Tainan, Taiwan and known mononymously as Tzuyu. She is a South Korean-based Taiwanese singer and a member of JYP Entertainment’s K-pop girl group Twice. She raised her net worth into different level from other Taiwanese musicians. A televised appearance in South Korea in 2015, showing that she held Taiwan’s flag, sparked controversy in China. A Tzuyu video apologizing for the incident, which was subsequently released on January 15, 2016 by JYP Entertainment, sparked further public outrage in Taiwan.
In 2016, after Taeyeon and IU, Tzuyu was the third most popular idol among young South Koreans, according to a survey conducted by Gallup Korea.
What is the education level of Chou Tzu-yu? Where she studied her high school?
In 2012, at the MUSE Performing Arts Workshop in Tainan, Tzuyu discovered by talent scouts and moved to South Korea in November of that year to begin her training. In 2016, Tzuyu passed an examination to certify her middle school education at Tainan Municipal Fusing Junior High School. At the Hanlim Multi Art School in South Korea, she attended high school and graduated in February 2019. Tzuyu took part in the South Korean reality TV show Sixteen in 2015, hosted by JYP Entertainment and co-producedby Mnet. She joined the newly formed girls group Twice as one of nine successful participants.
How she got fame for the first time?
In 2012, at the MUSE Performing Arts Workshop in Tainan, Chou Tzu-yu discovered by entertainment scouts and went to South Korea on November 15 to begin her training. She appeared before joining seventeen in the music videos of Got7’s “Stop Stop It” and Miss A’s “Only You.” She, along with Momo, is one of the two members added to Twice’s final line-up in the final.
She became a contestant of JYP show SIXTEEN
She became a contestant on the newest survival show of JYP, SIXTEEN, on May 5, 2015. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it to the final line-up in the final episode. However, JYP, along with the trainers and the A&R team, bought her back and included her in the group on the basis of a unanimous decision. They made their official debut with their first mini album, The Story Begins, on October 20, 2015.
The Story behind Flag Incident and reactions
Tzuyu appeared on the internet variety show My Little Television on November 28, 2015, along with her non-Korean TWICE fellow members. Tzuyu held a Taiwanese flag during the program to show her nationality. For their country, Japan, Member Mina, Sana, and Momo did the same. Tzuyu’s action, however, was picked up by China-based Taiwanese singer Huang An, who opposes Taiwan’s independence from China, and described Tzuyu as a Taiwanese independence supporter on his Weibo account. In response to the controversy, JYP China stated on it official Weibo account that the activities of TWICE in China would be stopped until the misunderstanding had been resolved.
Apology from Chou Tzu-yu and Taiwan’s President Supported Tzuyu
As an apology, on January 15, 2016, a Tzuyu video released on JYPE’s channel. She is seen standing in front of a gray wall in a casual attire in the video, facing the camera. Speaking Chinese, she begins with a short introduction to herself, followed by “I’m sorry,” and continually telling how proud she is of being Chinese. In addition to the general public, the video had a very polemical YouTube rating that stirred backlash against the video. Many political figures in Taiwan have released statements in support of Tzuyu, including presidential candidates and the outgoing president.
How rich is Chou Tzu-yu? What is the net worth of Chou Tzuyu in 2019 ?
Tzuyu has nearly net worth of $5 million US dollar. The founder of JYP Entertainment, J.Y. Park has invested heavily in TWICE to make sure the group becomes as popular as it is today. While some bootstrap groups from the ground up, JYP wanted to ensure the success of TWICE and spent some ₩500 million ($429,000 USD) for their debut.
The investment paid off almost immediately, with only 45 days after their launch, TWICE earning contracts to be CF models with 10 different brands. The group earned approximately ₩1.8 billion (US$ 1.54 million) making it one of the best JYP investments ever.
Sales: ₩50.5 billion won ($43.33 million USD)
Net Profit: ₩3.5 billion won ($3 million USD)
Consolidated Profit: ₩4.1 billion won ($3.52 million USD)
Consolidated Net Profit: ₩3.2 billion won ($2.75 million USD)
The group’s endorsement contracts
The group’s endorsement contracts had risen exponentially to some ₩ 300 million ($257,000 USD) four months after their debut. This mean that their 10 contracts would be worth at least 3 billion won (US$ 2.58 million), almost twice what they had been before.
It is estimated that Tzuyu alone has gained ₩1.86 billion ($1.6 million) since its release (upto 2016).
Facts about Chou Tzu-yu
- • Tzuyu part of the Twice group of pop girls.
- • In an interview she was seen carrying the Chinese flag, which sparked quite an uproar in China, after which she released a video of apology.
- • Chou was found by a talented scout and then moved to training in South Korea.
- She has nearly an estimated amount of net worth that is $5 million US dollar.
- • Tzuyu is the third most popular young idol in South Korea, according to survey.
- • Taiwanese singer Tzuyu was part of Sixteen’s popular television show.
- Choi made apology for flashing Taiwan flag. Taiwan President also supported on her apology.
- • Her parents in southern Taiwan have a chain of dermatology clinics.
- • She’s good friend of Elkie.
- She attended Chaeyoung’s Hanlim Multi School.
- Tzuyu was voted the 3rd most popular idole in 2016, 9th in 2017 and 12th in 2018 in Gallup Korea’s annual music polls that interview 1,500 people between the ages of 13 and 29. She’s the most popular non-Korean idol in the history of the poll.