Becoming a Billionaire

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Becoming a Billionaire
Becoming A Billionaire-p3.jpg
Also known asBirth of the Rich
Birth of a Rich Man
GenreComedy
Romance
Written byChoi Min-ki
Directed byLee Jin-seo
StarringJi Hyun-woo
Lee Bo-young
Lee Si-young
Namkoong Min
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production
Producer(s)Lee Han-ho
Production location(s)Seoul, Korea
Running time60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)Da.da Creative Group
Release
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System (South Korea)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMarch 1 (2010-03-01) – May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)
Chronology
Preceded byMaster of Study
Followed bySecret Agent Miss Oh
External links
Website
Production website

Becoming a Billionaire (Hangul부자의 탄생; RRBujaeui 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.[1] It aired on KBS2 from March 1 to May 4, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

Plot[edit]

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.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

A bell boy at Ohsung Hotel in first few episodes.
The heiress of Ohsung Group, and a strict and frugal person. Ohsung Hotel director in first few episodes.
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.
A spoiled heiress of Buho Group and is interested in Woon-seok. / Bu Tae-hee's mother (ep. 11, cameo)

Supporting characters[edit]

The CEO's
CEO of Ohsung Group, father of Shin-mi
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-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
Seok-bong's best friend
Kang-woo's sister
  • Ok Ji-young as Bang Soo-jin
Weekly magazine reporter
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
The ailing owner of the licence to the mining rights of a molybdenum mine
Hotel captain at Ohsung Hotel, later Lee Jung-hyun's butler
Cameos

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[4] AGB Nielsen[5]
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%
Average 15.1% 15.0% 14.3% 14.5%

International broadcast[edit]

Its Japanese broadcasting rights were sold to NHK (along with another KBS drama The Great Merchant) for US$3 million.[6] 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.[7]

It aired on Thailand on Workpoint TV from March 10, 2014 to April 4, 2014.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oh, Jean (1 March 2010). "Post-Olympian line-up ushers in spring". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  2. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (24 February 2010). "PREVIEW: KBS TV series The Birth of the Rich". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  3. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (5 March 2010). "REVIEW: KBS TV series The Birth of the Rich". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  4. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  5. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  6. ^ Cho, Bum-ja (14 April 2010). "Dramas Merchant, Rich sold to Japan for USD 3 mln". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  7. ^ "Programme Detail" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.. (in Japanese) kntv.co.jp
  8. ^ "เรื่องย่อ Becoming a Billionaire". luvasianseries (in Thai). 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2017-02-11.

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