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Women 10% Of Highest-Earning CEO’s In Iceland

Published July 28, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Danny Nicholson

According to new figures from Frjáls Verslun women make up only 10% of the highest-earning CEO’s in Iceland. Out of 200 top-earning CEO’s women account for only 20 and out of 19 categories (split by industry) only one woman came in first place.

Vísir reports that Unnur Þorsteinsdóttir, VP of Genetic Research with deCode Genetics is the highest-earning female director making over 13 million ISK each month. Guðbjörg Edda Eggertsdóttir, former president of Actavis Pharmaceuticals, came in second with over 10 million ISK a month and Birna Einarsdóttir, CEO of Íslandsbanki, came in third with just over 3.5 million ISK a month.

The results cast a new light on gender equality in Iceland. As reported, Iceland has been ranked the world’s most gender-equal country many years in a row and has “closed almost 73% of its gender gap,” according to the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report (GGR).

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