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Kone boss Alahuhta tops Finnish earnings list

The annual online publication of all taxpayers’ earnings is a – sometimes controversial – cornerstone of Finland’s commitment to egalitarianism and transparency.

Koneen toimitusjohtaja Matti Alahuhta.
Top earner: Elevator mogul Alahuhta Image: Yle

The highest individual income in Finland last year was earned by Matti Alahuhta, CEO of the lift manufacturer Kone. Alahuhta pocketed 3.4 million euros, according to figures released by tax authorities on Friday morning.

The annual online publication of all taxpayers’ earnings is a – sometimes controversial – cornerstone of Finland’s commitment to egalitarianism and transparency.

The second-highest earner was Mika Salokangas, CEO of the industrial wholesaler Ahlsell. He collected 2.8 million euros.

Rovio still flying ahead of Supercell -- for now

Earning just about the same amount as Salokangas was Kaj Hed, chair of Angry Birds creator Rovio. So far the top executives of rival games company Supercell are far behind those at Rovio. CEO Ilkka Paananen earned just 102,200 euros – a figure that is set to rocket up on next year’s list following Supercell’s 1.1 billion euro deal with Japanese investors.

The biggest capital gains -- or unearned income -- was collected by Leena Niemistö, CEO of the private medical centre chain Dextra.

Nightwish band leader Tuomas Holopainen.
Holopainen Image: Yle

Among celebrities, the highest-paid musician was keyboardist, composer and producer Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish, who earned 315,000 euros – more than twice as much as Ville Valo of HIM. Stand up comedian Sami Hedberg scooped up 286,000 euros.

Biathlon skier Kaisa Mäkäräinen was one of the country’s highest paid athletes with earnings of 48,783 euros – but Kimi Räikkönen, for instance, does not pay taxes in Finland.

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