In a new annual financial report, Nintendo has revealed just how much it pays out to some of the biggest names at the company.
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa is listed in the report, along with company directors Shigeru Miyamoto and Shinya Takahashi, revealing the total amount of compensation each receive on a consolidated basis. Furukawa earns the most, as you might expect, but the numbers are actually a little surprising.
Here's how it all translates into USD, with thanks to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad for bringing this to our attention:
- Shuntaro Furukawa: $2.4m ($0.73m basic + $1.67m bonus)
- Shigeru Miyamoto: $1.8m ($0.67m basic + $1.13m bonus)
- Shinya Takahashi: $1.24m ($0.11m basic + $1.13m bonus)
A $2.4 million salary after bonuses might sound pretty wonderful - and obviously yes, we'd take that in a heartbeat - but when compared to other big names in gaming, it's not as high as it sounds.
On the other end of the scale, a report last year highlighted the fact that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and EA CEO Andrew Wilson both took home around $30 million, which works out at more than 300 times the average wage of their employees.
The morality of that ratio is a discussion for another day, but it highlights a stark difference between Nintendo's way of doing things and how other companies handle their staff. Of course, back in 2014, then Nintendo president Satoru Iwata famously took a 50% pay cut to support the company through a time of financial loss.
Nintendo has also revealed the average age, salary and more of its employees.