Becoming a Billionaire
|Becoming a Billionaire|
|Also known as||Birth of the Rich |
Birth of a Rich Man
|Written by||Choi Min-ki|
|Directed by||Lee Jin-seo|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Production location(s)||Seoul, Korea|
|Running time||60 minutes |
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
|Production company(s)||Da.da Creative Group|
|Original network||Korean Broadcasting System (South Korea)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||March 1– May 4, 2010|
|Preceded by||Master of Study|
|Followed by||Secret Agent Miss Oh|
Becoming a Billionaire (Hangul: 부자의 탄생; RR: Bujaeui Tansaeng; lit. "Birth of the Rich") is a 2010 South Korean television series starring Ji Hyun-woo, Lee Bo-young, Lee Si-young and Namkoong Min. It aired on KBS2 from March 1 to May 4, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
Choi Seok-bong believes he is the son of a billionaire, from a one-night stand with his mother. While working as a bellboy at a luxury hotel, Seok-bong practices the qualities he thinks a billionaire's heir would have; all these efforts are for the day he meets his birth father. But one day, Seok-bong is diagnosed with breast cancer, which only has a 50 percent survival rate. Seok-bong doesn't have enough money for treatments, and finds it absolutely ridiculous that a billionaire's heir would die because he has no money. Finding his biological father may be Seok-bong's only hope. So he turns for help to Lee Shin-mi, the heiress of Ohsung Group and a notorious penny-pincher.
- A bell boy at Ohsung Hotel in first few episodes.
- Lee Bo-young as Lee Shin-mi
- The heiress of Ohsung Group, and a strict and frugal person. Ohsung Hotel director in first few episodes.
- Namkoong Min as Chu Woon-seok
- An ambitious man whose goal is to revive his father's company, Frontier Group and is interested in Shin-mi. But coming to the end of the drama, he silently declared his love for Tae-hee when she visited him in prison.
- Lee Si-young as Bu Tae-hee
- A spoiled heiress of Buho Group and is interested in Woon-seok. / Bu Tae-hee's mother (ep. 11, cameo)
- The CEO's
- Yoon Joo-sang as Lee Jung-hyun
- CEO of Ohsung Group, father of Shin-mi
- Kim Eung-soo as Bu Gwi-ho
- CEO of Buho Group, father of Tae-hee
- Park Young-ji as Chu Young-dal
- CEO of Frontier Group, father of Woon-seok
- Extended cast
- Shin Da-eun as Han So-jung
- Shin-mi's secretary
- Kim Dong-gyun as Mr. Yoo
- Employee of Ohsung, working as spy for Woon-seok
- Jung Joo-eun as Yoon Mal-ja
- Tae-hee's secretary
- Kim Ki-bang as Park Kang-woo
- Seok-bong's best friend
- Park Min-ji as Park Kang-sook
- Kang-woo's sister
- Ok Ji-young as Bang Soo-jin
- Weekly magazine reporter
- Sung Ji-ru as Woo Byung-doo
- A homeless wanderer with an interest in molybdenum, Seok-bong's irksome acquaintance, uninvited roommate, and later, business partner
- Jang Yoo-joon as Woo Bung-eo
- Byung-doo's son who is musically talented
- Kim Mi-kyung as Kang-woo's mother
- Jung Han-yong as Kang-woo's father
- Min Wook as Ha Joon-tae
- Son Ho-young as young adult Ha Joon-tae
- The ailing owner of the licence to the mining rights of a molybdenum mine
- Park Chul-min as Kim Dal-soo
- Hotel captain at Ohsung Hotel, later Lee Jung-hyun's butler
- Son Ho-young as Seok-bong's father
- Lee Won-jong as Seok-bong's middle school math teacher
- Choi Song-hyun as Seok-bong's mother when she met Ha Joon-tae
- Jang Tae-sung as Ohsung Hotel bellman
- Lee Han-wi as Teriah Park
- Kim So-hyun as young Lee Shin-mi
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||1 March 2010||12.1%||11.9%||12.2%||12.8%|
|2||2 March 2010||11.8%||11.6%||11.6%||12.3%|
|3||8 March 2010||11.4%||11.0%||12.2%||11.1%|
|4||9 March 2010||13.1%||12.8%||12.6%||12.2%|
|5||15 March 2010||16.2%||16.1%||15.0%||14.5%|
|6||16 March 2010||17.7%||18.0%||17.0%||17.9%|
|7||22 March 2010||15.5%||15.7%||14.9%||15.5%|
|8||23 March 2010||15.2%||14.9%||15.7%||16.2%|
|9||29 March 2010||15.6%||15.2%||15.6%||16.6%|
|10||30 March 2010||16.0%||16.2%||15.9%||16.8%|
|11||5 April 2010||16.2%||15.8%||15.1%||15.1%|
|12||6 April 2010||17.7%||17.8%||16.2%||16.6%|
|13||12 April 2010||16.5%||16.2%||13.5%||13.3%|
|14||13 April 2010||16.7%||16.9%||14.4%||14.5%|
|15||19 April 2010||16.6%||16.6%||14.8%||15.1%|
|16||20 April 2010||14.9%||14.6%||14.2%||14.2%|
|17||26 April 2010||14.2%||14.0%||14.3%||14.0%|
|18||27 April 2010||13.1%||13.0%||13.0%||12.7%|
|19||3 May 2010||14.2%||14.3%||13.3%||13.0%|
|20||4 May 2010||16.6%||17.0%||15.5%||15.3%|
Its Japanese broadcasting rights were sold to NHK (along with another KBS drama The Great Merchant) for US$3 million. It also aired on Fuji TV as part of the network's "Hallyu Alpha Summer Festival," and on cable channel KNTV beginning July 2, 2014.
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