PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, posted a message on her Facebook page last night, announcing that she owns a foreign company, Wintris Inc., which manages her family inheritance. She explains in detail that the company has, from the start, paid all due taxes in Iceland and not invested in Icelandic companies since Sigmundur Davíð entered politics.
Anna Sigurlaug is, according to Vísir, among the country’s wealthiest women. Her father is the former owner of the Toyota dealership in Iceland, which he sold in 2005, for an amount of which she received her share.
In the post, Anna Sigurlaug explains that Wintris Inc. “is registered abroad, because when it was established, we had lived in the UK and unclear whether we would stay there or move to Denmark.”
She further details that when she and Sigmundur Davíð got married, the registration of the bank abroad was corrected in 2009, so she would be listed as the sole owner. In Iceland, the company was registered in her name from the start and always listed on the couple’s tax return.
RÚV reports that Wintris Inc. registered a claim of ISK 174 million (USD 1.37 million, EUR 1.23 million) against the assets of the bankruptcy estate of Landsbanki.