Microsoft Ireland Pays €3 Billion Dividend to US Parent

Ever wondered why companies like Microsoft located in Ireland? This story in Ireland’s Sunday Business Post of 22-April-2007 might help you:

Microsoft’s Irish subsidiary pays €3 billion dividend

Of course, Microsoft Ireland is very heavily involved in localization.

The story continues:

An Irish subsidiary of Microsoft paid a dividend of almost €3 billion to its US parent last year. Microsoft Ireland Operations paid the dividend after making a pre-tax profit of more than €2 billion in the financial year to the end of June last. New accounts for Microsoft Ireland Operations show that the company had revenue of almost €9.5 billion last year, accounting for almost 30 per cent of Microsoft’s total worldwide revenue of €32.5 billion for the year.

30% of worldwide revenue! That’s impressive. Now, we’re not told if that’s US billions or the other kind (journalists not up on localization issues again), but I’d settle for a small percentage either way!

Disclosure: Yeah, I worked for Microsoft in their localization operation, and yes I do still own MSFT stock!

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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