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Winner - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

WINNER is a K-POP boy group formed through a reality survival program WIN: Who Is Next. They are managed by YG Entertainment.

They consist of 4 members: Jinu, Hoony, Mino and Yoon.


The reality show pitted two teams against one another for a chance to debut.

In the end, Team A consisting of five trainees from YG Entertainment came out as the WINNER. These five are Yoon, Juni, Hoony, Mino, and Taehyun.

Team A was later named WINNER. The name was chosen as they’re the WINNER of the survival show. The group made their debut in 2014 by releasing a studio album titled 2014 S/S.

It got great reception from general public and managed to top the Gaon Album Chart. It also peaked at number one in Billboard World Albums Chart.

Despite their initial success, WINNER didn’t make a comeback until February 2016. They eventually released an EP titled Exit: E.

The two lead singles Sentimental and Baby Baby got to number 1 on all music streaming platforms in South Korea. WINNER achieved a real time all kill, earning the title Digital Monsters.

Following the release of Exit: E, the group went on a nation-wide concert tour.

They also brought the tour to Japan, drawing more than 36.000 fans. Shortly after, on November 2016, member Taehyun left the group.

WINNER continued on with their activity as four members group, namely Yoon (Seungyoon), Jinu (Jinwoo), Hoony (Seunghoon) and Mino. They released several more studio albums, EPs, and single albums.

This includes their first Japanese album Our Twenty For in 2018. The album did quite well commercially, peaking at number 5 on the Oricon Chart.

Winner - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

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Winner Members

1. Yoon

Winner - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career


  • Real Name: Kang Seung Yoon
  • Stage Name: Yoon
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: January 21, 1994
  • Birthplace: Busan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Leader, Main Vocalist, Maknae
  • Height: 180 cm (5’11″)
  • Weight: 58 kg (128 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
  • Education: Busan High School of the Arts
  • Hobbies: Reading books, Playing billiards, Drawing, Photography, Playing the guitar, Composing music


  • Yoon carries photos and other memorable stuffs on his wallet.
  • He is not keen of blind dates.
  • He can speak English and also Japanese.
  • When there is more time, Yoon wants to visit places that he has been on tours with WINNER
  • He has adopted a dog named Thor.
  • He has a great talent in songwriting.
  • This Aquarius man likes eating fried rice.
  • He is someone who is ambitious and a bit workaholic.
  • In eighth grade, he learned to play guitar.
  • The man from Busan studied classical guitar during high school, making him dreamed of becoming a guitarist.

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2. Jinu

Winner - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career


  • Real Name: Kim Jin Woo
  • Stage Name: Jinu
  • Nickname: Open Knees
  • Birthday: September 26, 1991
  • Birthplace: Imja-do, Sinan County, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Chinese Zodiac Sign: Sheep
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Lead Vocalist, Visual
  • Height: 177 cm (5’10”)
  • Weight: 58 kg (128 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer
  • Education: Joy Dance Academy
  • Hobbies: Swimming, Watching drama, Playing games


  • Jinu became a trainee for five years since he was 18 years old.
  • He is said to be the peacemaker on the group.
  • He used to be the backup dancer for the 2011 YG Family Concert.
  • This Libra man has tender and warm personality.
  • He has two sphynx cats named Bay and Ray.
  • He actually has allergic reaction to cats but he takes medicines for it.
  • The man from Imjado takes the longest to memorize new song lyrics and choreography.
  • He looks up to Seungri because he has done so much for him.
  • He is close to Hyemi from FIESTAR.
  • Jinu cried and had a nosebleed when his team was announced as the WINNER of WIN: Who Is Next?.

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3. Hoony

Winner - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career


  • Real Name: Lee Seung Hoon
  • Stage Name: Hoony
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: January 11, 1992
  • Birthplace: Busan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Chinese Zodiac Sign: Sheep
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
  • Height: 185 cm (6’1″)
  • Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Rapper
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: Writing lyrics


  • After high school, Hoony moved to Seoul.
  • His father worked oversea so they rarely spent time together. When he has kids in the future, he doesn’t want to repeat the same mistake.
  • This K-pop star was part of the dance group Honest Boys who auditioned for Korea’s Got Talent.
  • He made choreography for a flash mob for G-Dragon.
  • He can speak Japanese.
  • His rooftop room was near YG Entertainment’s building, and the rapper often dreamed of joining them.
  • He is talented in dancing freestyle.
  • He likes reviewing restaurant and travel to try out foods.
  • Hoony has got a tattoo of the WINNER’s logo with cosmic pattern in it. The tattoo is a form of gratitude towards WINNER’s fans, Inner Circles.
  • He wants to learn how to play tennis.

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4. Mino

Mino - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career


  • Real Name: Song Min Ho
  • Stage Name: Mino
  • Nickname: Song Mojiri, SWAG
  • Birthday: March 30, 1993
  • Birthplace: Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the Group
  • Height: 182 cm (6’0″)
  • Weight: 57 kg (126 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
  • Education: Hanlim Arts High School
  • Hobbies: Drawing, Playing basketball, Writing lyrics, Composing music, Photography


  • Mino has a Munchkin cat called Johnny.
  • He used to go to the same school as the late member of Ladies’ Code EunB.
  • He can speak Japanese.
  • This K-pop Idol used to be an underground rapper, using the name Hugeboy Mino. He worked with SIMS of M.I.B, and P.O and Zico of Block B.
  • P.O is his childhood friend.
  • He is also close with Jackson of GOT7, the rapper Incredivle, and Joohyung You.
  • On 2014, he was in Epik High’s Haters Birth.
  • This Aries man was going to be WINNER’s leader but was replaced by Yoon after he got injured.
  • His appearance is similar to Taeyang and G-Dragon from BigBang.
  • The man from Yongin used to play tennis for about two years.

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Former Member

1. Taehyun

Taehyun - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career


  • Real Name: Nam Taehyun
  • Stage Name: Taehyun
  • Nickname: 태니
  • Birthday: May 10, 1994
  • Birthplace: Hanam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Main Vocalist, Maknae
  • Height: 178 cm (5’10″)
  • Weight: 63 kg (138 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: Riding bikes, DJ-ing, Painting
  • Twitter:  @South_Club_Real
  • Instagram: @souththth
  • Twitch: southclub


  • Taehyun is a very charismatic person.
  • He has a dog and several cats.
  • This Taurus man is a pretty active person even on his days off. He usually plays tennis or takes care of his pets.
  • He would rather buy food than cooking them by himself.
  • This K-pop idol is friends with Soy from T.T.Ma.
  • He likes to wear pajamas at home.
  • He prefers talking to older people because it makes him more comfortable.
  • Taehyun drinks alcohol, namely wine and whiskey.
  • One of his favorite movies is Dallas Buyers Club.
  • He is said to be good at driving.


  • WINNER is YG Entertainment’s second boy band following BIGBANG.
  • The order of WINNER members joining YG Entertainment: JINU → YOON → HOONY → MINO.
  • WINNER held the record for the fastest music show win since debut. They were only 10 days old when they took home their first trophy.
  • All of the WINNER members participate in producing songs, writing songs, making music.


“On my shoulders Will you lean on me? We’re like the main characters Of a romantic movie.” –– I LOVE U

“You are my religion, all week If I could worship you everyday, woo wee Then everyday is Sunday.” –– EVERYDAY

“The most beautiful thing in my eyes right now is you lady, oh If my feelings for you were money, I would be a billionaire.” –– Really Really

“What do we do If the world collapses tomorrow? I’ll just live in the moment As my heart desires In the cold world Where all the romance has disappeared. I will proudly shout that I love you.” –– I LOVE U

WINNER has had an amazing journey as a group since 2014. Fans will always wait to hear more of their new albums full with inspiring songs.