After an article from Bloomberg citing anonymous sources, media has been parroting the claim of a potential acquisition of the Finnish game developer Supercell by Chinese buyers – for as much as $5 billion.
At the moment Supercell is owned by SoftBank, a Japanese company. SoftBank acquired a 51% stake in Supercell for $1.5 billion, back in 2013, when the company’s games ‘Clash of Clans’ and ‘Hay Day’ were generating revenues of $2.4 million per day.
That sale set a couple of records in Finland. For starters, the two main founders, Ilkka Paananen and Mikko Kodisoja became the two top tax payers in Finland, since they were also top earners.
They were also honorable enough to pay their capital gains taxes honestly, avoiding all attempts at tax optimisation. That led to a new record for capital gains taxes paid by individuals in Finland – at about $62 million paid by each of them.
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