Tax lists reveal politicians’ fortunes

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Jonas Gahr Støre, the former Norwegian foreign minister who now leads the Norwegian Labour Party, remains Norway’s wealthiest politician. His personal taxable fortune, most of it inherited from his family’s oven business, amounts to NOK 57 million (USD 6.8 million), according to the state tax lists released last week.

The taxable fortune declared by Støre, who also leads the opposition in Parliament, rose from NOK 50 million last year. News bureau NTB reported  no explanation for the large increase of 14 percent.

Among all the other party leaders in Norway, only three declared taxable net worth. Prime Minister Erna Solberg of the Conservatives, who earns around NOK 1.6 million a year in her job as leader of Norway’s coalition government, declared net worth of NOK 1.74 million.

Next in line was Rasmus Hansson, leader of the Greens Party, who holds the party’s lone seat in Parliament. Hansson declared taxable net worth of NOK 1.71 million.

Knut Arild Hareide, a former businessman and media company executive who now heads the Christian Democrats and holds a seat in Parliament, declared a taxable fortune (formue) of NOK 698,170.

newsinenglish.no staff